The Power of ACEs
Did you know your childhood experiences affect your health today and tomorrow? The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study – probably the most important public health study you never heard of – takes a comprehensive look at potential physical health outcomes of adverse childhood experiences on us, as adults. There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal — physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to a child’s experience in their family: an alcoholic parent, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. Children are resilient, but often need extra assistance, making early childhood supports like quality early care and education, parent support services and home visitation programs critical. As parents, adults in the life of a child, and professionals, we do make a significant impact on the health and development of our children and their futures . . . our shared futures.
Read the ACEs study and be amazed by the impact of ACEs – - – we were!