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The possible effects of adverse childhood experiences

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2023 | Juvenile offenses |

Most youths may struggle to handle any type of negative experience but sometimes they may be able to work through these issues and use them as learning experiences. However, certain types of experiences might prove more traumatic in nature and could have a lingering effect on one’s life. Adverse childhood experiences can prompt various challenges in life and youthful individuals in Washington who encounter such issues may also be more prone to engaging in unlawful activity.

Types and effects

Adverse childhood experiences may include any traumatic event that a young person experiences during childhood. Exposure to issues such as substance abuse and violence are possible examples of ACEs and even exposure to high levels of conflict could be traumatic for youths. ACEs that occur during childhood can affect a youth’s development, which could prompt several issues.

Studies indicate that youths who experience adverse events may struggle with issues ranging anywhere from impaired impulse regulation to an increased risk of developing mental health concerns. ACEs could also affect a youth’s cognitive and neural functions. Since studies also highlight the link between ACEs and delinquent behavior, identifying similar issues may be vital to protecting one’s child by exploring the necessary treatment options.

Delinquent behavior

Adverse childhood experiences could affect youthful individuals in various ways and may increase the risks that they may engage in unlawful activity. Families in Washington who remain uncertain of how best to approach the juvenile justice system might consider speaking with an attorney for guidance in navigating this process. An attorney who understands the challenges adverse experiences can bring can assist a client in evaluating the situation and preparing a strategy to safeguard his or her child’s future.