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Parents who had severe trauma, stresses in childhood more likely to have kids with behavioral health problems

A new study finds that severe childhood trauma and stresses early in parents' lives are linked to higher rates of behavioral health problems in their own children. The types of childhood hardships included divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness. "Previous research has looked at childhood trauma as a risk factor for...

On "Making It" with 8 ACEs & rACE & Joseph Capehart's Poem

The longer I'm in the movement the more I understand why the Pair of ACEs is essential to all conversations about ACEs. I've been asked how I "made it" with an ACE score of 8. I'm not sure what making it means, or if I'll beat the odds in terms of risks for early mortality. But I do think of why things haven't been worse. For me, it boils down to five things: I'm white My father left when I was a toddler I went from poor to working class to middle-class and upper-middle-class all before I...

Honoring Survivors

Look what this world has come to: approximately 150 survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during ABC's broadcast of the 26th annual ESPY sports awards this Wednesday (7/18/18) live from 8-11 p.m. ET. A video piece about their ordeal will be shown before all of them take the stage. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman will be one of several survivors who speak when accepting the award. And, here’s another wonderful fact: the ESPY production personnel...

Self-control and obesity: Gender matters in children [medicalxpress.com]

A toddler's self-regulation—the ability to change behavior in different social situations—may predict whether he or she will be obese come kindergarten, but the connection appears to be much different for girls than for boys. Self-regulation is something all children must develop, and poorer self-control in childhood is associated with worse adult health, economic and social outcomes. However, a new study from The Ohio State University found that more self-regulation may not necessarily...

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Resource Inquiry

Hello All. I am an adoption social worker in Minnesota and my agency has been looking to enhance our parent trainings with more information about ACES. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for some free, short, online webinars, podcasts, etc for parenting children with ACES or adopting children with an ACE score.Read More...

Trauma Informed Care for Maternity, Women of Color

Hello ACES Community I am seeking a speaker for a panel on Trauma Informed Care and Women of Color or Systems of Oppression. This is a paying position. If there is anyone who can speak about our cultural and societal oppression for women during the prenatal and perinatal period, if you could kindly contact me KateRead More...

ACEs higher for Gen X?

Ada Calhoun
Hello! I'm a journalist in NYC. Years ago, I did an article in which I mentioned AcesTooHigh. I've been thinking about childhood trauma a lot lately because I'm writing a book about Generation X women, expanding on a story I did for Oprah.com about midlife. It seems like so many who grew up in the 70s and 80s dealt with divorce, abuse, and/or assault in their childhoods. I'm wondering if there are any stats about how Gen X compares, ACE score-wise, with other generations? Is there any way to...Read More...
Last Reply By Kimberly T Konkel · First Unread Post

An "Official" List of ACEs?

Janie Ginocchio
Is there an official list of ACEs aside from the original 10? This came up around a discussion about medical trauma, with one person hesitant to give it the formal term "ACE" because they weren't aware of any longitudinal studies about it. However, medical trauma is recognized by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a category of events that can cause pediatric traumatic stress. This journal article argues that there is currently no universal definition of childhood adversity and...Read More...
Last Reply By Christine Cissy White (AC Staff) · First Unread Post
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