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The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted [17,000 participants] to assess associations between childhood exposure to trauma, abuse and neglect, with later-life health and well-being. It has resulted in more than 50 scientific articles. As a result of the study, relationships have been identified between participants who have survived adverse childhood experiences and who later experience a greater prevalence of diseases (e.g., cancer, heart disease), addictions, mood disorders, suicidality, etc.
As the mission of the DLC is to educate the heart - while particularly trying to reach children - the ACE study provides some incredible insights into the importance of a child's early environment.
The farther back you look, the farther forward you are likely to see ~ Winston Churchill