Misapplying The ACEs Trauma Study: A SSWN Research Brief


The opening quotation from one of the co-authors, Laura Porter, must now be seen as a case of misplaced confidence, and a stark reminder that researchers cannot know in advance precisely how any work they produce might be (mis)used or (mis)interpreted. In the case of the ACEs model and in particular its main methodological feature - the 'ACE score' - the authors are unequivocal that it should only be used for the purposes for which it was created, and that misusing ACE studies or the ACE score can have seriously harmful consequences.


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