Online Extra: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Online Extra: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Online Extra

Adverse Childhood Experiences
 
Kentucky School Advocate
June 2017
 
By Madelynn Coldiron
Staff writer
 
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a significant risk factor for substance use disorders and can impact prevention efforts.
 
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.
 
ACEs include:
 
Physical abuse
 
Sexual abuse
 
Emotional abuse
 
Physical neglect 
 
Emotional neglect
 
Mother treated violently
 
Substance misuse within household
 
Household mental illness
 
Parental separation or divorce
 
Incarcerated household member
 
Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
 
 
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