The Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Apr 10, 2014

This pyramid of consequences has become a widely used illustration of the ways that childhood traumas affect the development and health of the affected individual.

  A traumatic childhood often results in an adulthood with health complications and a lowered life expectancy.  But even decades after the fact, there may be a way to diminish those harmful consequences.

Dr. Vincent Felitti makes a point, during his interview with KRCB.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

   When asked, Dr. Felitti cites the full list of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences incorporated in his research.

While other experiences can certainly be traumatic, he adds, they don't cause the same kind of severity of life-long complications as the ten on his list. The table below shows their comparative frequency.