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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health

  • Vincent J. Felitti
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, 7060 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, 6th Floor, San Diego, California 92111.
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    Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, Calif
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Published:April 10, 2009DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2009.03.001
      The article by Flaherty and colleagues
      • Flaherty E.G.
      • Thompson R.
      • Litrownik A.J.
      • et al.
      Adverse childhood exposures and reported child health at age 12.
      in this issue studies the determinants of health in 805 high-risk children by evaluating them at age 6 and age 12, prospectively matching adverse life experiences against subsequent health outcomes during childhood. This follows the general concept of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study,
      • Felitti V.J.
      • Anda R.F.
      • Nordenberg D.
      • et al.
      The relationship of adult health status to childhood abuse and household dysfunction.

      Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ace. Accessed February 23, 2009.

      • Felitti V.J.
      • Anda R.F.
      The relationship of adverse childhood experiences to adult health, well-being, social function, and healthcare.
      which matched adverse childhood experiences against adult and adolescent health risks, health status, and social functioning.
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        • Thompson R.
        • Litrownik A.J.
        • et al.
        Adverse childhood exposures and reported child health at age 12.
        Acad Pediatr. 2009; 9 (150–156.)
        • Felitti V.J.
        • Anda R.F.
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        • et al.
        The relationship of adult health status to childhood abuse and household dysfunction.
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      1. Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ace. Accessed February 23, 2009.

        • Felitti V.J.
        • Anda R.F.
        The relationship of adverse childhood experiences to adult health, well-being, social function, and healthcare.
        in: Lanius R. Vermetten E. The Hidden Epidemic: The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2009
        • Dong M.
        • Giles W.H.
        • Felitti V.J.
        • et al.
        Insights into causal pathways for ischemic heart disease: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.
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