Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience
As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future health.
Published in the journal BMC Public Health, the study talked to adults in Wales about their exposure to childhood maltreatment and other early traumas such as domestic violence in the household where they grew up. The traumas are collectively known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Report author Professor Mark Bellis of Bangor University and Public Health Wales said: “We have already shown how childhood trauma can lead to poor health as adults, but this research shows how children suffering more ACEs also experience poorer health as children and higher levels of common health problems such as headaches, asthma and digestives problems.
- Seven times more likely to report frequent school absenteeism
- five times more likely to report poor childhood health
- four times more likely to have had childhood digestive problems
- three times more likely to have had childhood headaches
- three times more likely to have had childhood asthma
- twice as likely to have had childhood allergies