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ACEs study assesses which specific adverse childhood experiences are most related to poor outcomes

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Adverse Childhood Experiences – new research published in Children and Youth Services Review, January 2018

A study, Examining exposure to adverse childhood experiences and later outcomes of poor physical and mental health among South Carolina adults, has found that the most frequently reported ACE category among respondents reporting poor health was household dysfunction with emotional and physical abuse.

“The odds of reporting poor health increased as the combination of categories of abuse increased, with respondents who had all three categories of abuse much more likely to report poor health. Similarly, the most frequently reported ACE category with respondents reporting frequent mental distress was household dysfunction with emotional and physical abuse and among all categories of ACEs and combinations of categories of ACEs, the respondents reporting all three categories of ACEs had the highest odds of frequent mental distress.

The presence of sexual abuse in childhood increased the odds of reporting poor health and mental distress, supporting the idea that some ACEs may have stronger associations to long term health outcomes than others.”

Alan Burnell, Registered Manager at Family Futures commented on the findings of this new study: “These ACE results are clearly predicated on individuals who have had no help for the abuse and neglect they suffered in infancy. Surely this is one of the strongest indicators yet as to why children in the care system or who are adopted need guaranteed therapeutic help in order to prevent poor outcomes. Without this help we are not just failing them now, we are failing them in the future.”

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