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What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

23rd February, 2019


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction, such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders.

ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.

(Graphic by American SPCC/ American Society for the Positive Care of Children)