A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found out that adverse experiences in childhood can result in serious health repercussions. The researchers have said that concrete measures need to be taken to prevent such a condition. As per the CDC’s report, American people who have witnessed adverse childhood experiences are at high risk of dying from chronic diseases. People who have gone through substance abuse problems and witnessed violence at home in childhood are more prone to develop dreaded diseases. Researchers have stated that one in six people in the United States has gone through more than four kinds of adverse childhood experiences.
There is an urgent requirement of devising ways to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), said CDC Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Prevention of ACEs can help adults and children to have the potential to reduce the risk of Asthma, Depressive disorder, cancer, and diabetes. The report has estimated the number of Americans affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Scholars have also explained the benefit of preventing these kinds of traumas in their report. The survey has been conducted on more than 144000 adults across 25 states. It stated that at least 60 percent of Americans have experienced at least one kind of trauma during childhood. 15.6 percent of people have experienced more than four different types of adverse conditions.
According to the findings of the report, women, African Americans, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives are at higher risk of going through four or more types of childhood traumas. More than one type of ACE increases the chances of negative outcomes, which can affect people for the whole life. However, there is a possibility of preventing these early days trauma. Around 1.9 million people can be saved from coronary heart disease by reducing the causes of childhood ordeal. Prevention of disturbing childhood will reduce 2.5 million cases of obesity and 21 million cases of depression. Disturbed and traumatic childhood can also affect the social well being of the person. Around 1.5 million students would have been saved from dropping out of school, if authorities had taken measures to address their childhood problems. As per the study, there are many ways to prevent disturbed childhood and to mitigate its effect.
According to the CDC, there is a need to put efforts on state, community, family, and individual levels to address the problem. Researchers have said that having a reliable person in one’s life can help the victim with resilience at the individual level. Mentoring programs are also a good way to prevent a stressful environment in childhood. It connects children with sensible and caring adults who can support them in difficult times. We can prevent the ACE by providing a supportive and nurturing environment to children and adults as well.