Impact Of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Childhood memories, good or bad, can shape an individual’s life forever. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include abuse, neglect or other household challenges that can impact one’s health, well-being and opportunity.
This type of trauma includes all kinds of abuse – sexual, physical and emotional – impact a child. Household challenges may be violence, substance misuse, mental illness, separation, divorce or an incarcerated family member. Neglect may be emotional or physical.
These incidents are common in Maryland. More than half of Maryland adults report experiencing at least one ACE in their life and 24% experienced three or more, according to The Maryland State Council on Child Abuse & Neglect.
According to research cited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these events disrupt healthy brain development, affect social development, compromise immune systems and lead to unhealthy coping behaviors.
Take the ACEs quiz from the American Society for Positive Care for Children to determine your risk of disease, social or emotional problems.
If you or your child needs support, call 2-1-1 and Press 1 for immediate help.
A Crisis Specialist will answer your call from the 211 network of call centers. Life Crisis Center is one of these centers, supporting children to adults who experience trauma. The free, individualized care focuses on you and your life circumstance.
Help is available. Dial 2-1-1, Press 1