Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.More than 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) members undergoing a comprehensive physical examination chose to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. To date, more than 50 scientific articles have been published and more than100 conference and workshop presentations have been made.The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.
It is critical to understand how some of the worst health and social problems in our nation can arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences.
Realizing these connections is likely to improve efforts towards prevention and recovery.
By creating trauma-informed and trauma responsive communities, service providers, healthcare providers, educators, and more, we can work together to mitigate ACES by increasing the protective factors and improving the life-long health of our youngest community members.
Learning more about ACES
Finding ways to address and understand ACES in your life is important. Here are some resources and information on addressing ACES in your life and the lives of others.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. Read the full ACES study.
Elevate Montana is an initiative of ChildWise Institute to elevate the well-being of our children by people who are passionate about the future of our state. There are many issues facing our state and our nation… issues that require long-term solutions. But if our children are not healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, none of these issues will be solved; for it’s in the hands, minds, and hearts of our children where the solutions lay.