Well over half of American adults have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience in their lifetime, and nearly one-quarter reported three or more of these experiences, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics. The CDC says that these events, also known as ACEs, are linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early mortality.
“The foundation for lifelong health, well-being and even prosperity is built in childhood,” Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, a behavioral scientist from the division of violence prevention at the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “Positive experiences strengthen developing biological systems, whereas childhood adversity can increase morbidity and mortality and have an effect on access to life opportunities.”
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