Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences

02.03.20 | Young Peoples Ministry, Wellness and Missions
    Positive Childhood Experiences

    According to a 2019 study, researchers found that adult reports of specific positive family experiences in childhood (including closeness, support, loyalty, protection, love, importance, and responsiveness to health needs) were associated with lower rates of adolescent pregnancy across all ACEs exposure levels. We understand that positive childhood experiences “buffer” adverse childhood experiences and/or mental health experiences.

    Fact sheet
    Media Viewing
    Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Positive Childhood Experiences
    How Positive Childhood Experiences Affect Mental Health
    How Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

    Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years).  For example:

    • experiencing violence or abuse
    • witnessing violence in the home or community
    • having a family member attempt or die by suicide

    ACES can also include aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a home with:

    • substance misuse  (including problem gambling)
    • mental health problems
    • instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison

    ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood.  ACEs can also negatively impact education and job attainment/opportunities.  The good news is that ACEs can be prevented. (cdc.gov).  Support is available.  You.are.not.alone.

    Media Viewing:
    Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Fact Sheets/Resources:
    What's Your ACEs Score/Resilience Scores?
    ACEs Infographic
    Child Abuse and Neglect Facts/Prevention
    Understanding Children's Mental Health Fact Sheet - Mayland Coalition for Families (this nonprofit provides support to families including parents, caregivers, youth, etc.)