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October 05, 2021

Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Our Biggest Health Problem?

Fight for Life, Indianapolis, INSource: Paces Connection | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 10/5/2021 –

Back in 1998, medical doctors Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda, found that ten adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) independently predicted a wide range of psychological and medical disorders in adulthood in a stepwise fashion. That is, the more ACEs people experienced prior to age eighteen, the more likely they were to experience poor health outcomes in adulthood. As the head of preventive medicine at Kaiser-Permanente in San Diego, Felitti had access to the records of more than 17,000 middle-class, well-educated adults with good jobs and health insurance.

The ten ACEs included: emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; emotional or physical neglect; or living in a home with an absent parent from divorce or separation, domestic violence, someone who was mentally ill or suicidal, someone who was addicted to alcohol, or other drugs, or someone who was incarcerated. The researchers found that about 2/3 of this population had experienced at least one ACE and that ACEs did not usually occur in isolation. For example, one who lived with an alcoholic adult might also have been abused by that person.

Since the original study was published, many other studies have confirmed the link between ACEs and health outcomes. ACEs have been found to predict:

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