Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

In Seeking Science by admin

You can feel the genuine concern of the speaker and her desire to change things for the better. The research is eye-opening and reveals significant insights into the core causes of serious health issues.

Dr. Burke addresses statistically and scientifically, the methodology behind ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) correlating the damage to many children’s development, who are at the mercy of adults. This is before the children have opportunity to make choices for themselves and alter their destiny, if at all. This is when they are developing in-utero and as are dependent on the poorly functioning adults around them. This indeed is a time at which they are truly victims.
After that, some might be able to emerge from this experience and thrive. But statistically speaking, the risk of actual serious negative physical and/or mental health outcomes is very high. And even if they manage to become functioning adults, the legacy is often seen in their physical or mental health. And this transmits to the next generation (seen in the study of Epigentics). The science is pretty much pointing us down this road of understanding. Finally, a chance to get at the root of why we have such serious health disparities in various communities.

The science is clear: Early adversity dramatically affects health across a lifetime

Nadine Burke Harris did a fantastic job of communicating the potent, long-term impact of ACEs, recommending optimizing developmental, behavioral and health outcomes depends heavily upon high-quality early intervention and on early identification. Furthermore, integrating providers throughout health care, early childhood education and social service sectors must wield mighty, parent-centered screening tools to improve early identification rates while simultaneously promoting healthy development and behavior.

Her work, is truly an inspiration.