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Trauma in childhood will impact health later

Children are like sponges, absorbing the world as they grow. Childhood experiences often help shape who we become as adults. Some of those experiences are warm and loving. Others can have a negative influence on our development.

An influential study in the 1990s, called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study suggested that the more adversity or trauma you face as a child, the more likely you are to engage in risky behaviors or have poor health as an adult.

More than 60 percent of the individuals who participated in the ACE Study had a least one major adversity relating to abuse, neglect or growing up in a dysfunctional home. Montana is no different. Local data shows that many children grow up in less than ideal environments. In the Kids Count study, released in June by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Montana ranked 47th in the nation in overall children’s health.


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