Ace Study – Adverse Childhood Events
A large study done in the Kaiser institute over 17k persons participated in a questionnaire measuring areas of growing up with domestic violence, incarceration, witnessing substance abuse, divorce, sexual abuse, and physical abuse. It was determined that just one or more ACE would increase an adult’s likelihood of using coping behaviours to deal with anxiety such as smoking, eating the wrong foods, abusing substances and alcohol and therefore ending up with possible early death i.e, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or addiction.
This study is the proof that the medical community needs to start taking childhood trauma seriously. Medical professionals should now be asking, and screening about childhood trauma, as well as, implementing prevention programs to prevent childhood trauma.