Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a name that’s well recognized in pediatric circles, the pediatrician is famously credited with heralding the link between childhood trauma and harmful effects to health later in life. Dr. Burke Harris (head of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco) spent years not only treating chronic stress in children but also raising awareness about the link between childhood trauma and adult health.
Dr. Burke’s findings were in part based on a CDC study performed in the early 1990s. Dr. Vincent Felitti at Kaiser San Diego and Dr. Robert Anda at the CDC’s findings resulted in the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (or ACE Study) which found that childhood trauma is very common, and that childhood trauma cuts across multiple populations. The study’s participants were found to be associated with multiple adverse outcomes in adulthood, such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suicide attempts, alcohol dependence, marital problems, intravenous drug use, and more.
Research strongly suggests that sufferers of childhood trauma have an innate capacity to adapt and heal.
Research strongly suggests that sufferers of childhood trauma have an innate capacity to adapt and heal. Supportive and healthful activities can contribute to positive well-being among adult survivors of childhood adversity.