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Research released from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that people who experienced considerable trauma during their childhood died 20 years prematurely and those suffering childhood trauma have double the risk for early death compared with adults who had not endured adverse childhood experiences. These results, appearing in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, are the latest from the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The research project, now in its 14th year,  is one of the largest investigations ever conducted on the links between childhood maltreatment and health and well-being later in life. The ongong study looks at how both positive and negative experiences and childhood stressors are strongly related to development and affect risk factors for disease, health and social well-being throughout the lifespan.

[More from this article and related article by Jane Stevens appearing in 10/6/2009]
Related – CDC's ACE Study and The Ace Pyramid