Thursday, June 21, 2012

Discoveries about Trauma From the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study


Vincent J. Felitti is co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, ongoing collaborative research between Kaiser Pemanente and the CDC. Dr. Felitti is Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, Fellow, American College of Physicians.
He was invited to speak at an event sponsored by the Office of Violence Prevention in the Chicago [Illinois] Department of Public Health about the ACE Study.  Dr. Felitti’s presentation is in six segments. Click on the "Play video" buttons in sequence to view Dr. Felitti’s presentation.  (The videos are hosted by the Chicago Safe Start website and thus must be linked rather than embedded.)
The study reveals for the first time the direct statistical connection between adverse experiences in childhood and social dysfunction, mental and physical problems, and shortened lifespan.  Bottom line: Things that happened to you as much as sixty years ago are still shaping your life.
Find out all about the study and get a copy of the ACE Score Calculator Quiz so you can take the test.  What's your ACE Score?