The ACE Study Results
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The ACE Study found a strong correlation between the occurrence of childhood adversity and issues with mental and physical health in adults.
Higher ACE scores showed increased instances long-term health effects, including:
gastrointestinal problems (e.g. IBS)
frequent headaches and fatigue
anxiety, substance abuse and depression
ACE score of 4 or higher has healthcare costs roughly 25 % higher than those with scores between 0 – 3.
The findings are from the research, “Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.” Felitti et al (1998).
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From a 2016 Canadian study, experiencing any type of child abuse was associated with increased odds of:
- arthritis, back problems
- high blood pressure
- migraine headaches
- chronic bronchitis/emphysema /COPD
- bowel disease
- chronic fatigue syndrome
More specifically …
~ physical abuse was associated with high blood pressure and stroke; back problems, migraine headaches, and stroke
~ sexual abuse was associated with chronic bronchitis/emphysema/COPD and diabetes
~ exposure to intimate partner violence was associated with chronic bronchitis/emphysema/COPD and migraines.
[“Child abuse and physical health in adulthood”; Tracie O. Afifi et al, March 16, 2016]