By Tara Haelle

September 17, 2018

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When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood
adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was
how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups.

But the first major study to focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
was limited to a single healthcare system in San Diego. A study published
Monday in
Pediatrics - the largest nationally representative study to date on ACEs -
confirms that these experiences are universal, yet highlights some
disparities among socioeconomic groups. People with low-income and
educational attainment, people of color and people who identified as gay,
lesbian or bisexual had significantly higher chance of having experienced
adversity in childhood.