The ACE Study
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, California.
The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness, death, as well as poor quality of life in the United States. Research has shown that many health and well being problems arise as a consequence of ACEs. Understanding ACEs will help people work towards progress in preventing and recovering from illness, disease and social challenges.