UK: friends and role models cushion impact of ACEs

07 November 2018

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely impact on a child’s education and health prospects, but resilience resources such as friends and role models can help lessen the impact, researchers have found.

Published in the journal BMC Public Health, the study looked at 2400 adults in Wales and their ACEs, which included domestic violence or substance abuse.

Professor Karen Hughes of Public Health Wales said: ‘60% of people who suffered multiple ACEs but did not have assets such as supportive friends and role models reported poor childhood health.

‘However, in those who suffered multiple ACEs but did have such support, this dropped to 21%.’

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