Adverse Childhood Experiences
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health, opportunity and future violence victimization and perpetration. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to
- risky health behaviors,
- chronic health conditions,
- lowered immune system response,
- low life potential, and
- early death.
Click on the link to hear Dr. Vincent Felitti describes the ACE Study.
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
Click here to determine your ACE Score -