For millions of children in the U.S., poverty, neglect or abuse is a reality of everyday life, though these struggles are often hidden from view.
Adult survivors often feel ashamed about and stigmatized for their childhood adversity. This makes it difficult to recognize that these events occur.
While it’s easier to turn away than to face these issues, we can no longer afford to do so. Stress, Read more
Research continues to confirm that trauma experienced in childhood can affect people throughout their lives.
People who endure adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can suffer a variety of detrimental life outcomes1 including:
- Activities or behaviors that can negatively impact health—smoking, addiction to alcohol or drugs, or self-injurious behavior, for example.
- Physical health issues, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD), and even attempted suicide.
- Negative life situations such as being at higher risk for domestic violence, poor performance at work or school, unintended pregnancies, and financial stress.