MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Melissa T. Merrick, PhD
Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Childhood experiences build the foundation for health throughout a person’s life. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences, which occur in childhood. Exposure to ACEs, especially for young people without access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, can impact health in many ways, including increased risk of chronic disease, engagement in risky behaviors, limited life opportunities, and premature death.