Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adults – ACEs Study

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study – Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma

Here are a set of resources that you can use to understand your own childhood trauma and the effect it can have on your life. The research is very clear – trauma in childhood leads to shortened life expectancy in adults. Find out more at this Website.

The ACE Study Pyramid illustrates how childhood adversity leads to early death.


Childhood Trauma? Get Your ACE Score

Got Your ACE Score? 

Do you know about the ACEs study? Adverse Childhood Experiences were studied extensively in the 1990s by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Healthcare. The results of the research continue to drive new studies and health treatments today.

The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Studyuncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems. This includes heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases, as well as depression, violence, being a victim of violence, and suicide.

This article helps you get your ACEs score using a short questionnaire to measure your level of childhood trauma. Then it tells you the implications of your score.

ACEs are a critical factor in childhood and adult mental illnesses. Take a few minutes to learn how your own childhood trauma may be affecting you.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by Vince Felitti, MD

Adverse Childhood Experiences by Vince Felitti, MD

Vince Felitti ran the ACE studies in the mid-1990’s. This 13-minute video explains the study and findings. According to Felitti the study shows that ACEs are “the leading determinant of what happens to the health and social well-being of a nation’s population.”

Adverse childhood experiences are far more common than you might suspect, and cause damage that can last a lifetime.


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