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Why is it important for families to be trauma-informed?

What You Need to Know About

People frequently marvel at the resilience of children. Sure, children will recover from a fall or failing a course, but childhood trauma can have lifelong consequences. A 2019 report confirmed that experiencing traumatic things as a child puts you at risk for lifelong health effects. It's important for families to understand the risks that are associated with ACES in order to disrupt generational trauma and dysfunction. 

The 2019 study expanded on the link researchers first identified in the firs ACE Study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente more than two decades ago. That research identified the link between adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs (potentially traumatic connected events that occur before a child reaches 18) and negative health and behavior outcomes later in life.

The report collected data from a survey of more than 144,000 adults from 25 states and revealed that;

  • Approximately 60 percent of Americans experienced at least one adverse experience during childhood.

  • More than 15 percent of those surveyed experienced four or more different types of ACES.

  • Women, American Indian and Alaskan Natives, and African Americans have a higher risk of experiencing four or more types of childhood traumas.

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