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Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences From the 2011-2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 23 States ( & Note


Cissy's note: Melissa Merrick, PhD (pictured above), is a Senior Epidemiologist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She will be the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood summit and share about new ACEs data (see below) about which populations have the highest levels of ACEs on average. 

An except from this article published on the JAMA Network can be found below.  Please follow this link for more. 

This is from JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(11):1038-1044. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2537

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD1; Derek C. Ford, PhD1; Katie A. Ports, PhD1; et alAngie S. Guinn, MPH1

Question What is the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences across 23 states stratified by demographic characteristics?

Findings In this cross-sectional survey of 214 157 respondents, participants who identified as black, Hispanic, or multiracial, those with less than a high school education, those with annual income less than $15 000, those who were unemployed or unable to work, and those identifying as gay/lesbian or bisexual reported significantly higher exposure to adverse childhood experiences than comparison groups.

Meanings These findings highlight the importance of understanding why some individuals are at higher risk of experiencing adverse childhood experiences than others, including how this increased risk may exacerbate health inequities across the lifespan and future generations.

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