Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) was the resultant research from one of the largest studies ever conducted for understanding the associations between childhood maltreatment and adult health and well-being. It showed a clear correlation between negative early family life and later adult struggles.
A summary list of ACE categories includes:
Studies indicate that anyone who experienced two or more of these negative childhood categories was highly susceptible to negative adult situations. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way, but these folks do tend to have significant adult life struggles. ACEs are not an excuse for adult behavior, but an important explanation.
Pastor Gary Byers