Adverse Childhood Experiences: How It Shapes and Effects One's Future


Dr. Vincent Felitti studied and established the correlation between traumatic events in childhood to risky and negative health outcomes in adulthood. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), are negative events that can affect the overall well-being, physical and mental health, of a child that are taken into adulthood. These experiences could include neglect, sexual abuse, family member incarceration or divorce. In cases where ACEs have occurred, the child could mature to lead a meaningful life. The negative health choices and risky behaviors may be decreased or avoided completely with support, care, and management of symptoms, experiences and behaviors, regardless of the illness or trauma that has occurred. During childhood lifestyle choices of the parent/guardian or even the hardships experienced mold a child. Many outcomes can be a result of experiencing adverse experiences during childhood. Mental and physical health can become compromised increasing the risk of health issues. The risks of ACEs could be minimal or chronic and can even result in jail time because of risky behavior. This paper explains how ACEs correlate to negative health outcomes and risky behaviors in adulthood.

Year Manuscript Completed

Summer 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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