Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, and household and community dysfunction, are risk factors for poor mental and physical health outcomes across the life course. In the UK, it is believed that as many as one in two adults have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience before the age of 18.
Previous research has demonstrated the association between adversity in childhood and onset of chronic health conditions, psychiatric disorders, and substance misuse. Adverse Childhood Experiences are increasingly recognised as a public health issue, and subsequently many health and social care organisations are implementing trauma-informed practices to help mitigate for the harms experienced by individuals.
A small but growing body of research now suggests there is a link between childhood adversity and disordered gambling. Individuals with a history of childhood adversity appear more likely to report disordered gambling as adolescents and adults.
With 1 in 15 Greater Manchester residents experiencing gambling-related harms, it is important to consider how underlying adversity may be contributing to the development of compulsive gambling.
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