Childhood adversity and childhood traumas are also known as adverse childhood experiences or ACE’s.
ACE’s are a set of experiences that are known to produce developmental and mental health problems in later life and include:
- Physical Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical & emotional neglect
- Economic hardship
- Racial & gender prejudices
- Family trauma (divorce, dysfunctional parenting, etc.)
A dutch study conducted by Vink, Van der Pal, Eekhout, Pannebakker, & Mulder in 2016 showed that children between 11-12 years of age who have been exposed to childhood adversity are less happy and healthy than those who did not.
The Impact of Childhood Adversity
Early childhood adversity can lead to a number of short and long-term negative health effects.
It has been shown to disrupt early brain development as well as compromise the functioning of the nervous and immune systems.
Adults who experienced childhood adversity are also more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
They are also more likely to suffer with depression, alcohoism and drug abuse problems.
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Core Concepts used in Applied Psychology
- Attribution Theory
- Biomedical Models of Mental Illness
- Childhood Adversity
- Cognitive Reconstruction
- Confirmation Bias
- Coping Strategies
- Core Beliefs
- Experiential Beliefs
- Socially Acquired Beliefs
- Cultural Contexts
- Internal Working Model
- Locus of Control
- Safety Behaviours
- Self Esteem
- Therapy Relationship
Paul Lee BSc. MSc. Psych.
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