Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
The CDC- Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being
The Stress that results when a child experiences ACEs may become toxic when there is "strong, frequent, or prolonged activation of the body's stress response systems"
Increased number of ACEs increases risk of substance abuse, risky behaviors, and poor academic achievement
The "ACE" quiz consists of 10 questions about common traumatic experiences that occur in early life. Its purpose is to be an indicator of how likely a person might face challenges of certain health issues should they score higher numbers of ACEs. According to Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, "not everyone is the same and is affected the same when faced with adverse experiences, therefore the ACE quiz can only give insight into who might be at risk, not who is at risk for later-life challenges."
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