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How adverse childhood experiences affect you and the people around you as adults

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood between the ages of 0-17 years. ACEs have been linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities. However, ACEs can also be prevented.


Improve your empathy and compassion by understanding how childhood experiences affect you and the people around you as adults.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood between the ages of 0-17 years. ACEs have been linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities. However, ACEs can also be prevented.

ACEs are common. About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.

Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce a large number of health conditions. For example, up to 1.9 million cases of heart disease and 21 million cases of depression could have been potentially avoided by preventing ACEs.

Some children are at greater risk than others. Women and several racial/ethnic minority groups are at greater risk for having experienced 4 or more types of ACEs in childhood.

ACEs are costly. The economic and social costs to families, communities, and society totals hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Take the ACE Quiz for yourself and learn what it does and doesn’t mean: ACE Quiz

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Sources:
1. Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
2. Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources


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