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 know for sure if Gen X's ACEs are measurably higher? I'd be grateful for any leads! Best, Ada

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Hello Ada.

I think that your concern for Generation X might well apply to EVERY woman - of any and all times. See what Donna Jackson - who needs no introduction - says about that, under the heading of 

Female Adversity: The Female Body and Brain on Toxic Stress

Why Girls Who Face Toxic Stress are More Vulnerable to Adult Illness: The Shocking Relationship Between Being Female, ACEs, Autoimmune Disease and Depression.

Please respect Donna's ownership of material as she has made this available ahead of publishing her new book.


shirley girouard posted:

I do not have hard data but am very interested in this in relation to health care professionals.  Am attaching a little piece written about this issue among nurses.

In the film CAREGIVERS we hear that EMERGENCY NURSES are affected in their work by a factor of two, three and even four times more, than the other groups (which includes firefighters and police). I gasped when I saw these figures. 


All measurement of ACES depends on which ACES are being counted. Many lists fail to include medical harm trauma.

Since each generation is more medicalized than the next, I would suspect that Gen X has more medical harm trauma than Boomers, and Millenials even more so. This would impact help-seeking tremendously, depending if you define help-seeking as wanting more medical care. 

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