By Cavalcade Productions Inc.
Intended for patient education, this condensed version of the ACE Study series highlights the human toll of childhood trauma in adult disease and dysfunction. Topics include obesity, addictions, and depression, the costs to society, alternative treatment approaches, and the need for prevention.
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?
Recurrent physical abuse.
Recurrent emotional abuse.
An alcohol or drug abuser.
An incarcerated household member.
Someone who is chronically depressed, suicidal, institutionalized or mentally ill.
Mother being treated violently.
One or no biological parents.
Emotional or physical neglect.
Traumatic experiences in childhood are linked to many of the most common causes of death and disability in this country, according to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. Data collected from over 17,000 patients at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Diego document that adverse childhood experiences, though well concealed, are unexpectedly common, have a profound effect on adult health and well-being a half century later, and are a prime determinant of adult health status in the United States.
The ACE Study has major implications for the healthcare professions: that all patients should be routinely screened for adverse childhood experiences; that a childhood trauma history may be very relevant to both serious illness and vague somatic complaints; and that appropriate approaches to treatment must include dealing with childhood trauma.
“We saw that things like intractable smoking, things like promiscuity, use of street drugs, heavy alcohol consumption, etc., were fairly common in the backgrounds of many of the patients… These were merely techniques they were using; these were merely coping mechanisms that had gone into place.” – Vincent Felitti , MD
Format: VHS or DVD (choice available at checkout)
Number of Minutes: 30