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Adverse Childhood Experiences among young Australian Women.


The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) scale has been widely used in the U.S. population. Findings have indicated that adults who have experienced adversity in childhood have poorer overall health and are more likely to use tobacco, illicit drugs and use alcohol at risky levels. The ACE scale was pilot tested with the 1989-1995 cohort in 2014 and was rolled out to the main 1989-1995 cohort in 2015. This current project will examine the endorsement and validity of the ACE scale among the pilot participants, with further examination of the prevalence of childhood abuse and trauma and its correlates among the main study participants.