There has been much research on how to train and assist mothers with effective skills to parent their newborns and children. Past generations have attempted to parents with little or no knowledge other than their own experiences gathering from elders and family traditions. ACE is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. There are ten types of ACE’s. Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Physical neglect, Emotional neglect, Incarceration of a family member, Having an alcoholic or drug addicted care taker, Being exposed to violence against a parent, Having a suicidal, depressed or mentally ill person in the home, and Being exposed to parental conflict, as indicated by parent separation or divorce.
Today we have studies which provide thorough data-based research from positive parenting results of children transitioning to young adulthood. Although this knowledge and research provide data, we continue to face underlying issues that cause traumatic affects with their lifestyles and challenges their ability to function as responsible citizens. A new revelation from this research done 25 years ago, is being reexamined and practiced today.
One of the most relevant public health studies in modern times, came from a Health Study on Obesity. In 1995 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaborated with the Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego, California’s Care Program. It revealed adverse childhood experiences (ACE) were very common. These experiences were found to be linked to major chronic illnesses and social problems. The United States struggled with financing childhood events. 26,000 people were asked if they would assist with the research to understand how childhood event might affect adult health. 17,421 people agreed and said yes.
The research focused on eight major types and later added two more types totaling 10 types of events called ACE’s, Adverse Childhood Experiences. The greater number of ACE’s a child has, the greater risk of developing chronic illnesses. These chronic illnesses are heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, and cancer. This 25-year research study finds it is essential to have prevention and continuous intervention early in the child’s life to prevent serious and harmful psychological risks to children. There is a dire need for parenting professionals to be available to reach out and assist those who are reared in abused, neglected and dysfunctional households.
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