Current Knowledge And Future Directions For The ACEs Field (Chapter 17 in Adverse Childhood Experiences: Using Evidence to Advance Research, Practice, Policy, and Prevention).
Afifi, Tracie O. Asmundson, Gordon J.G.
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Published: October 2019
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The adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) literature has substantially grown over the last two decades. We have learned that ACEs are related to a number of poor developmental and health outcomes as well as the continuation of violence in adulthood. Additionally, we now understand that ACEs prevention needs to be a global public health priority. Although many advances have been made in our understanding of the impact of ACEs across the lifespan, there still remain areas that require further work and innovation. This chapter identifies five critical areas for future directions to advance the ACEs field, including: (1) development and validation of ACEs measurement tools, (2) use of empirical evidence to guide definitions of ACEs, (3) evidence-based methods to assess harms and benefits of ACEs screening, (4) continued development and evaluation of ACEs interventions, and (5) an increase in upstream public health approaches and ACEs prevention. (Author abstract)
childhood trauma; research needs; child welfare research; Incidence; sequelae; policy formation; evidence based practice; data collection; prevention; measures; screening; public health services; child abuse; validity; reliability