Background & Purpose
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), also referred to as childhood maltreatment (CM), is associated with a wide range of health and mental health issues throughout an individual’s lifespan.* A variety of mental health research has demonstrated that history, severity (also termed maltreatment load), type, and timing or duration of CM may increase adult risk for mental health or psychological symptoms; increase prevalence of lifetime occurrence for major depressive …
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