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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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At Kaiser Permanente, we recognize the lasting impact that Adverse Childhood Experience has on the health and well-being of kids and adults.

What are ACEs?

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). Experiences include:

  • Physical or emotional abuse, neglect
  • Observing violence in the community
  • Caregiver with mental illness

3 Types of ACEs

Graphic used from KCV Health systems. See it here.

Exposure to childhood ACEs can increase the later risk of:

  • Alcoholism
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Suicide
  • Severe obesity
  • Drug abuse
  • Sexual transmitted disease

Find out your ACEs SCORE

Building Resilience

It is also important to know that childhood experiences are only part of a person’s story. We know that resilience—the ability to bounce back—is just as important.

There are many ways to build resilience:

  • Make connections, such as new friends
  • Maintain a daily routine and practice self-care
  • Nurture a positive self-view
  • Accept that change is part of living and new goals can be made.

Research has shown that just one caring, safe relationship early in life can make a difference in the long-term impact of stressful experiences.

Find out your Resilient SCORE

Graphic: Resilience can lead to

Graphic used  from Preventing Child Abuse. See it here.

Resources:

Videos

Online

Mobile Apps

Books

  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius
  • They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! By David D. Clarke
  • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa