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Effects Of Childhood Trauma

effects of childhood trauma

The effects of childhood trauma can be devastating and, in the absence of effective therapy, can last well into adulthood or even for an entire lifetime.

This website contains over 850  articles, all written by psychologist, writer and educator, David Hosier, BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE), himself a survivor of childhood trauma, on the effects of childhood trauma and closely related topics.

The most well known study on the effects of childhood trauma is called The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study.

The main findings of this extremely important study were as follows :

Those who experience significant childhood trauma are at increased risk of:

  • And, if you explore this website, you will discover that the above list is far from exhaustive when enumerating the myriad effects of childhood trauma.

What Types Of Childhood Trauma Did The Study Focus Upon?

The study focused upon the following types of childhood trauma :

  • Abuse (emotional, sexual or physical)

  • Living in a household within which a family member who was an alcoholic or drug addict

  • Living in a household within which the mother was physically abused

  • Parental divorce/separation

  • Neglect (emotional or physical)

  • Living in a household in which a family member went to prison

  • Living in a household within which a family member suffered from mental illness

NB The study found that the more of these adverse childhood experiences the child suffered, and the more intense and long lasting they were, the greater the child’s risk of developing the problems listed above.

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

Childhood Trauma : The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study

A crucial and vital study that casts much light upon the connection between our childhood trauma and our adult health is the ACE ( Adverse Childhood Experiences ) study.

Essentially, this study demonstrated that the more traumatic our childhood was, the more risk we are at of developing adult illnesses, both PHYSICAL and MENTAL.

Specifically, the study found that the more CHILDHOOD ADVERSE EXPERIENCES (ACEs) we suffered as children, the greater our risk of developing adult illnesses.

The study focused on the following childhood ADVERSE EXPERIENCES:

– physical abuse

emotional abuse

– sexual abuse

– witnessing the mother being abused by the father

– loss/abandonment/rejection by a parent (including due to separation and divorce)

– living with a parent suffering from a pathological addiction

– living with a clinically depressed mother

– living with a mother who suffers from another significant mental illness

Effects Of Such Adverse Effects :

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Above: The Process Through Which Childhood Trauma Can Lead To Early Death.

It has been found that such adverse experiences during our childhood can lead to highly damaging effects that may be extremely detrimental to our adult health. I list the main ones below:

harmful effects on the physical development of our brain leading to architectural brain abnormalities 

– detrimental effects upon the brain’s functionality

(NB: However, the good news is that such damage can be reversible).

– adverse effects upon how our genes express themselves (genes do not express themselves in a vacuum; their expression is affected by the environment in which they exist)

– damaging effects on the operation of our stress hormones (eg. cortisol). This can lead us to become acutely reactive to the negative effects of stress in our adult lives resulting in a proclivity for us to react with great volatility and violence (in some cases, literally) in response to such stress (even stress that others may easily be capable of taking in their stride.

– an increased risk of serious physical diseases such as heart disease

Other Types Of Trauma:

I have already listed, above, the types of trauma that the ACE Study focused upon. However, continued research is demonstrating that is there traumatic childhood experiences, too, can impinge detrimentally upon both our physical and mental adult health; these include the following:

– growing up in severe poverty

– growing up environments in which there is little stimulation

parental neglect (including emotional neglect)

– growing up in a violent environment

– growing up in an environment in which gang culture predominates

– being bullied at school

(The above list is NOT exhaustive.)

To view infographics that show how the number of adverse childhood experiences a person suffers is related to their risk of developing both physical and mental adult illnesses, click here.

RESOURCES :

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES QUIZ :

Take The ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES TEST TO GET YOUR ‘ACE’ SCORE. Download the free Amazon App here.

 

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE( FAHE).

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