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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Child abuse and public health

Anda, R.

A fact sheet on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, explaining how the prevention of child abuse can have a positive impact on public health and society. Summarizes key findings of the ACE Study, noting that adult health and social problems (including substance abuse) are related to adverse experiences in childhood. Describes the link between level of severity of childhood stressors and adult health and social problems. Includes figures illustrating the ACE pyramid and the correlation between the ACE score, cigarette smoking, and lung disease. Notes that parental substance abuse is a factor for 28.2% of ACE Study participants. Also notes that the ACE score places individuals at high risk for alcohol and drug abuse and cigarette smoking. Includes a question and answer section with Dr. Robert Anda, ACE Study Principal Investigator.