Jun 26 / Simcha

How Adversity in Childhood Affects Us in Adulthood

Commentary on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study  by Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, authored in 2001 by Vincent Felitti, Robert Anda, Dale Nordenberg, et al, is important research, both because of the large cohort that was studied (drawn from a non-clinical sample of 30,000 members of the Kaiser Health Plan) and for its findings of a strong relationship between risk factors established in childhood and medical problems in later life.

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