It's now well known that childhood experiences helps shape an individual’s personality long before they reach adulthood. Studies have also gone on to reenforce just how critical adverse childhood experiences can on an adult's health.
These adverse childhood experiences are commonly referred to as ACEs. They fall into three categories: abuse, neglect and household disfunction. According to information compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as the number of ACEs a child experiences grows, so too does the risk of that child later having negative health outcomes.
The outcomes can be behavioral issues such as alcoholism or drug abuse or physical and mental health issues such as depression and a higher risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. For example, according to The Tulsa World, a child who experiences four or more ACES is 7.4 times more likely to suffer from alcoholism and twice as likely to experience a stroke or have heart disease.
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