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What does ACE stand for?

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experience

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These factors-referred to as adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs for short- included physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; living with a chronically depressed, suicidal, mentally or physically ill person; living with a substance abuser; having a close relative in prison; and coming from a broken home or one in which domestic violence featured.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also indicates that abused children are at greater risk of alcoholism, illicit drug use, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease and an array of other illnesses later in life.
After the analysis controlled for family history and other established risk factors, it showed that adults who had two or more of the adverse childhood experiences were nearly twice as likely to have disease risk factors as those who had not suffered in childhood.