Childhood experiences, good and bad, can have a lifelong impact on an individual. A trauma suffered at an early age – abuse, losing or being separated from a parent, bullying, homelessness or surviving a serious accident – can affect a person's mental and physical well-being long into adulthood.
Much of the research on childhood trauma is now referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These experiences have been linked to chronic health conditions, low life potential, risky health behaviors and early death. Preventing childhood trauma and its lifelong damaging effects, and assuring safe, nurturing environments for all children, is a national health concern.
Joining Cincinnati Edition from Cincinnati Children's to discuss how to prevent and treat childhood trauma are Every Child Succeeds President Dr. Judy Van Ginkel; Scientific Director and Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Robert Ammerman; Director of Evaluation and Epidemiology, Dr. Ted Folger; and Dr. Robert Shapiro, director of the Child Abuse Team at the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children.
Tune in to Cincinnati Edition August 15 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.