ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study

Last week I went to the Colorado School Counseling Conference and learned about this very interesting study done on how abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction affects health and social well-being throughout life.

The higher the amount of ACE’s a person has the more likely they will have health problems such as heart, lung and liver disease, not to mention drug/ alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide.

Teaching resiliency, including self-efficacy, self-control, optimism and self-esteem can help combat adverse childhood experiences.

For more information on this study go to http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html or the the ted talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime

 

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