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November 5, 2019

Identifying and Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Clinical Practice

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Prevent Childhood Abuse America, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2020;323(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18499

Adverse childhood experiences, commonly referred to as ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood and adolescence, such as experiencing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; witnessing violence in the home; having a family member attempt or die by suicide; and growing up in a household with substance use, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation, divorce, or incarceration.1 Since the publication of the ACES Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente in 1998,2 more than 2 decades of research have documented the association of ACEs with health and well-being across the life span.1-3

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