Mind the Brain

Wisdom of the Ego: Childhood Adverse Experiences Are Not Destiny

Today’s readers probably can’t appreciate how radical George Valliant’s work was in its day. George Valliant drew upon a longitudinal study of adult development to challenge the Freudian idea of childhood adverse experiences as destiny.

In a classic study of early childhood abuse and neglect, effects on later mental health nearly disappeared when….

Controls were introduced for life events that occurred between the childhood abuse and neglect and assessment of mental health outcomes in adulthood. Adults who had objective reports of abuse and neglect in their childhood were matched with adults who were from similar backgrounds, but without such abuse and neglect.

Stop using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Checklist to make claims about trauma causing physical and mental health problems

Scores on the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) checklist (or ACC) are widely used in making claims about the causal influence of childhood trauma on mental and physical health problems. Does anyone making these claims bother to look at how the checklist is put together and consider what a summary score might mean?