Ervaringen vroeg in het leven blijken de gen expressie te veranderen gevolgen op de langere termijn.

Met andere woorden: dat wat je meemaakt als klein kind vormt je hersenen en heeft een enorme invloed of je gezondheid als volwassene. 

In het the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child geeft in het Engels een begrijpelijke samenvatting van de huidige wetenschappelijke kennis op dit gebied.  


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study PyramidThe Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.

More than 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) members undergoing a comprehensive physical examination chose to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. To date, more than 50 scientific articles have been published and more than100 conference and workshop presentations have been made.

The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. It is critical to understand how some of the worst health and social problems in our nation can arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences. Realizing these connections is likely to improve efforts towards prevention and recovery.


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