ACES-Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic or stressful events that occur early in life and have impacts on physiological and psychological health issues later in life. In a groundbreaking study in the early 1990s, Vincent Felitti, MD, of Kaiser Permanente partnered with Robert Anda, MD, at the CDC to look at how traumatic childhood experiences impacted health outcomes. They surveyed more than 17,000 adult members of Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and asked about their exposure to ACEs, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect; and growing up in a home with divorced parents, domestic violence, substance abuse, or mentally ill or incarcerated household members.

ACES Resources

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More about the original ACEs study and subsequent research. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Infographic. https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/infographics/the-truth-about-aces.html

The Science of Early Childhood.  Harvard Center on the Developing Child overview on the effects of toxic stress on the developing brain, with good videos. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-science-of-ecd/
 
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s Ted Talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how childhood_trauma_ affects_health_across_a_lifetime

Sesame Street in Communities.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnered with Sesame Street and had providers create educational material, videos, and tools for both providers and parents regarding a wide variety of topics that affect children including Dealing with Divorce and Traumatic Experiences. https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/