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How to Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Ann Wrixon blog on adverse childhood experiences for foster youth

Research shows that the stress of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as physical or emotional abuse or losing a parent to divorce, imprisonment or foster care, has a long-term-impact on physical and mental health outcomes even 40 years later.

The researchers in this study were able to empirically prove that there are four positive childhood experiences that moderate the effect of having three or more ACEs. These include:

1) Family stood by me;

2) Felt supported by friends;

3) Sense of belonging at high school; and

4) Enjoyed community traditions.

Sege, R., Bethell, C, Linkenback, J., Jones, J.A., Klika, B., Pecora, P.J., Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with Health Outcomes of Positive Experience (HOPE) (2017), Casey Family Programs:

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