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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Recently, a growing body of literature regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their connection to health and well-being has gained greater attention among public health professionals.  A landmark study, conducted in the 1990s demonstrated that ACEs (defined as various forms of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction) were more common than previously believed, and it documented a strong relationship between those experiences and health risk behaviors and health outcomes of concern for medical and behavioral health providers.