Research has shown that children who have dealt with one or more ACEs in their early childhood may be more at risk for developing chronic health conditions and risky behaviors as adults.
ACEs are one of the most critical public health concerns in the country today -- and also some of the most preventable. Clinicians can work with parents and educators to decrease the impact of an ACE and to prevent future trauma from occurring.
Resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes links to the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, state data by year through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), journal articles, and resources for preventing ACEs.
Website for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Includes resources for finding treatment options, direct links to helplines, information about related grants and campaigns, and data about ACEs.
Article by Vanessa Sacks and David Murphey, published Feb. 12, 2018. Research funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and published by Child Trends (nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of children and families).
(Original study on ACEs) Felitti, VJ. "Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1998 May;14(4):245-58.