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What are ACEs?

ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, are stressful or traumatic events that impact children, including abuse and neglect. The term ACEs was developed from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente study that identified seven categories of stressful experiences including:

Psychological abuse or emotional neglect

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

Violence against mother

Living with a household member who was addicted to a substance, depressed, mentally ill or suicidal, or incarcerated

Parental separation or divorce

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The Impact

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to poor health outcomes including but not limited to obesity, stroke and heart disease; detrimental behaviors such as substance abuse and suicide, and early death.  The study also revealed that ACEs are common, as nearly two-thirds of study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one in five reported three or more ACEs.