At the end of Hope Floats Sandra Bullock’s character says, “Some say childhood is over, but childhood is what we try to spend the rest of our lives getting over.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement.
Perhaps this is most evidenced in the fact that the higher one scores on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) – the more susceptible one is to chronic illness as an adult. The ACE is a questionnaire that asks whether during childhood someone experienced any of ten stressful childhood events. Five of these events are personal (physical abuse, verbal abuse) . Five are related to family members (parental alcoholism, parental incarceration) A score of 4 or higher leads to an increase in likelihood of adult onset chronic illness.
Without going into much detail, my own personal score is a 4-5.
Here is a link to more information and the ACE Test.