The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) uses interview and health information to predict outcomes for adults who have experienced childhood traumas.
For those of use who experience childhood trauma, this study can create a level of discouragement because it predicts emotional, social and physical problems all well as lowered longevity.
For example, the study predicts for those who have an ACES score of 4 or more, the following risk factors: higher risk of substance abuse, tobacco use, street drug use, suicide attempts, lifetime depression, risky sexual behaviors and a whole list of health consequences that lead to early death.
Most of the research surrounding ACES looks at predictive factors and focuses on what to do for children in order to prevent these outcomes.
But, what about those of us who are adults and experienced “adverse” childhoods? Is there no hope?
On first glance, fear and hopelessness may seem like reasonable responses but in order to truly understand risk factors and how to protect yourself from the negative outcomes the study suggests, you need two things: 1) correct understanding of how to look at research and 2) a clear path leading toward healing that is effective in a way that matters to your longevity.
I hope you’ll gain insight into both of these by listening to this episode of my podcast: Listen To Your Body Heal Your Life.
To join our community of people committed to achieving our highest self, no matter what we’ve been through, join us on Facebook at Awe-Thentically You!The diagram that I drew (and refer to) in this episode regarding the Mechanism by Which Adverse Childhood Experiences Influence Health and Well-being Throughout the Lifespan can be viewed by clicking title of the document.