What helps to support people affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences? A review of evidence

Source:
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre - EPPI-Centre
Publisher:
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)
Publication date:
01 November 2019

Abstract

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as stressful experiences during childhood which may harm a child or negatively affect their living environment. ACEs include: physical, sexual or emotional abuse; neglect; domestic violence in the home; homelessness or living in care; parental mental health problems or substance abuse; and parents who are absent through imprisonment, separation or death. ACEs have been linked to a wide range of negative outcomes in later life.

The objective of the review was to gather, assess and present evidence on what helps to mitigate the harmful impacts of ACEs, or to promote positive outcomes, across the life course.