Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State-Level Prevalence

Publication number: 2014-28

Author(s): Vanessa Harbin Sacks; David Murphey; Kristin Anderson Moore

Publication date: Jul 2014

Doc type: Research Brief

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. In this brief, we describe the prevalence of one or more ACEs among children ages birth through 17, as reported by their parents, using nationally representative data from the 2011/12 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). We estimate the prevalence of eight specific ACEs for the U.S., contrasting the prevalence of specific ACEs among the states and between children of different age groups.

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