Adverse Childhood Experiences

When I took my Employment Counsellor Diploma Program back in 2010, I was trained in administering over 60 different assessments. One of those was the Holmes and Rahe stress scale which measures 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness. Today I learned about the Adverse Childhood Experiences study that measured 10 types of childhood trauma that have a huge impact on adult health and behaviour. Did you know about this study?

Having four adverse childhood experiences was associated with a seven-fold increase in alcoholism, a doubling of risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and a four-fold increase in emphysema; an ACE score above six was associated with a 30-fold increase in attempted suicide.

See Wikipedia and Aces Too High.

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