The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study has been around since the mid 90s. The study found a link between childhood trauma (neglect, abuse, stress, etc.) and the individuals overall health and well being as an adult. Cancer, addiction, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues occurred more often among people with high ACE scores. The ACE study was originally met with intense suspicion from the medical community.
Last week, NPR released a poll titled “What Shapes Health”. According to the report, “A substantial number of Americans report having had negative experiences in childhood that they believe impacted their future health." This supports the ACE study findings from over 15 years ago.
Read NPR's article: Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?
The research has found a correlation between early trauma and adult well being. Public opinion favors this research. What do FosterClub members think? Does experiencing childhood trauma automatically mean you will have health issues as an adult? Does it mean nothing? Or is the reality for most of us somewhere in-between?