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 Principle investigator Dr. Vincent Felitti describe the ACE Study

As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences


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