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ACE Risk Factors

Typically, when we think of risk factors they include abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and traumatic events, but we often times fail to take into account the condition of the mother during pregnancy, the type of birth the mother/child endured, and what the child experienced in the first few years of life. There are six primary ACE risk factors.



Difficult Pregnancy

Difficult Pregnancy

A mother who experienced:

  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Abusive Relationship
  • Late prenatal care
  • Malnutrition
  • Stress

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Difficult Birth

A child who experienced:

  • Unnatural birth by C-section
  • Prolonged labor
  • Nuchal (Cord around neck)
  • Breech birth
  • Brain hemorrhage

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Difficult Birth

Early Hospitalization

Early Hospitalization

  • Born prematurely; low birth weight
  • Received life saving surgeries
  • Medical Neglect
  • Circumcision
  • Medical Trauma

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Abuse

  • Emotional/Verbal/Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Violence

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Abuse

Neglect

Neglect

  • Physical; Emotional
  • Medical/Mental Ill Parent(s) - Resulting in hunger, homelessness
  • Drug/Alcohol Problem
  • Orphanages
  • Too tired; Worked multiple jobs; Single; Religious beliefs

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Trauma

  • Natural Disaster (911, Katrina, Harvey, COVID-19/Coronavirus)
  • Historical; Parental
  • Divorce; Death of family member/close friend/pet
  • Prison; Foster Care; Failed Adoption
  • Experienced a school shooting

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Trauma

Disrupted Development

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