What happens to babies and young children matters. The trauma they experience has a lasting impact.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to a set of traumatic experiences that have been shown to be correlated with health and behavioral impacts later in the life.
- ACEs include: psychological, physical, or sexual abuse; violence against one’s mother; or living with household members who were substance abusers, mentally ill or suicidal, or ever imprisoned.
- The more ACEs a person has experienced, the more likely they will have negative health, social and emotional consequences.
- ACEs are the greatest determinate of health – and thus offer the biggest opportunity for a shift.