Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to long-term health and emotional problems. Studies show that children who have a number of ACEs are at risk for a lifetime of health problems. They include neglect and all times of abuse, including verbal humiliation, and can also occur when a child sees domestic violence or grows up with family members who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. A 2012 survey by the CDC and TN Department of Health found that about 52% of the Tennessee's population had experienced at least one ACE, and 21% had experienced three or more.
Caring adults can provide safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments to help children thrive. Learn more about how you can help prevent the impact of ACEs by doing things as simple as spending time with your child, and letting that child know he or she is loved and has a purpose in life.
How can I do that?
- Visit the KidCentral TN website to learn more about how ACEs can lead to risky behaviors like substance abuse.
- Read the list of ACEs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- Read about protective factors you can use to prevent the effect of ACEs in your child.