BMG Research has been commissioned to undertake a study of childhood experiences and health in Hertfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire. This project is being conducted on behalf of the local authorities for these three areas and Public Health England in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is designed to understand the relationship between childhood experiences and adult lifestyle choices and health. This study is the first of its kind to include residents of Hertfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire, although similar studies have been carried out in other areas in England and in other countries such as the USA and Canada. Indeed, previous studies have found a relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult diseases (heart disease, cancer etc.), lifestyle behaviours (smoking, drug/alcohol use etc.), mental health conditions and healthcare utilisation.

Between June and August, BMG Research will be conducting over 5,500 face to face interviews with residents of Hertfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire. This study will look to further explore the importance of adverse childhood experiences in influencing health risk behaviours and health outcomes. This will be important as it will provide information that will help to prevent harmful childhood experiences as well as helping to find out what effect a reduction in these childhood experiences may have on our health.

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