High ACE scores linked to early mortality

It’s pretty striking, says Dr. David Brown, the lead author on research released by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine last week, Picture 6that examine the link between child trauma and early mortality. “It’s pretty striking that someone with six or more ACEs died 20 years earlier.”  Brown, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is part of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a joint project of the CDC and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Here’s the link to the AJPM article: Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Premature Mortality.

Several organizations did articles about the research. I did two in the Lawrence Journal-World:

Traumatic childhood takes 20 years off life expectancy
Social service agencies, public health communities use ACE, but not medical community

Here are two other good articles:

Is Life Expectancy Reduced by a Traumatic Childhood? in ScientificAmerican.com.

Childhood May Shorten Life by 20 Years on ABCNews.com.

If you run across any others that aren’t repeats of the press release, please add them. Somewhere on this blog, I’ll put them all together.

Although the interest about the effects of child trauma isn’t particularly high the traditional media as yet, AJPM managing editor Charlotte Seidman says that the first ACE Study published in 1998 has been in the top-five or top-ten most viewed on the AJPM site every year since its publication.

ACEs Too High launches!

Labor Day weekend, 2009. Eleven years after the first research paper about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study came out in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Its co-founders thought that the results rang so clear and true that the medical, public health and social services communities would embrace its findings immediately. So far, it’s been a relative handful of very observant social service experts who work in cultures that embrace change. The medical and public health communities are moving more slowly.

Doesn’t it seem as if the most revolutionary ideas take a very long time to wend their way through our society to

ACE pyramid is study's conceptual framework

Pyramid represents ACE Study concept

adoption and integration? Perhaps it takes so long, because the truly revolutionary ideas ping so many different institutions and cultures.

It’s also four years after I wrote my first article about the ACE Study. “Targeting obesity at its roots: Childhood trauma may be at the core of the epidemic of overweight adults” appeared in the Sacramento Bee’s Sunday Forum section. There’s no link, because only staff-written articles remain in their archives. So, I’ve appended the article to the end of this post.

Thanks to Connie Valentine, founder of the Incest Survivors Speakers Bureau in Davis, CA, for introducing me to Dr. Vincent Felitti, retired chief of Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego and Continue reading

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