Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) were first referred to in the 1998 landmark research study by Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Vincent Felitti. They discovered that the health and behavior of adults is strongly influenced by their experiences in childhood. The more trauma in childhood, the more likely adults are to experience a variety of physical, mental, and behavioral health challenges. Since then, continued research has provided more insight about ACES and Resilience.
ACES and Substance Use
The ACES Study found a clear relationship between higher ACES scores and substance use. This information helps us understand that substance use is influenced by many things, including trauma, brain development, and the presence of nurturing relationships to buffer the effects of trauma.
What Can I Do To Help?
Adults can help buffer the effects of childhood trauma in several ways. They can be a positive role model to kids, form strong connections with kids, model positive self-care and coping skills, and challenge growth in kids.
What's My ACES Score? And What Should I Do If It's High?
Take the ACES test so that you can be aware of how ACES may affect your own health. This article also will help you understand the results so that you can take action in your own life to help reduce the effects of ACES.
More Information About ACES and Resilience
Resilience Film Trailer
The Resilience Film has been shown throughout the Northland to over 2000 people so far. We have film screenings coming up. Join us for this perspective-changing film that is a great starting point to understanding ACES and being a part of the solution.
Nadine Burke Harris
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and trailblazer in the research of ACES and Resilience. Here is her TED Talk on how childhood trauma affects health across a lifespan.
Dr. Allison Jackson
This is a TED Talk by Dr. Allison Jackson, a Trauma-Informed Care Specialist. She talks about how connection is a cure for trauma.