Last Updated on December 6, 2022
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- We may be “created equally” but some of us grow up in toxic environments that can impact us for life.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are just that… traumatic events during childhood. Like having a family member die by suicide; having an alcoholic parent….
- Most of us have very few traumatic events during childhood.
- However, those that experience homelessness tend to have many traumatic events during childhood.
- Toxic stress from ACEs can actually effect our brains as we development. This can have a lasting impact on tools like decision-making and learning. This can impact our adult lives with things like struggling with depression, jobs, and managing life in general.
- What’s your ACE Score? Find out at https://americanspcc.org/take-the-aces-quiz/.
Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/
Cutuli, J. J. (2013). Factors associated with adult homelessness in Washington State: A secondary analysis of behavioral risk factor Surveillance system data (Final Report)
Cutuli, J. J., Montgomery, A. E., Evans-Chase, M., & Culhane, D. P. (2017). Childhood adversity, adult homelessness and the intergenerational transmission of risk: a population-representative study of individuals in households with children. Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), 116-125. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12207 doi:10.1111/cfs.12207