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New Study Shines Light on the Prevelance of ACEs for Idaho Adults

 

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are traumatic events that take place during childhood that have a lasting impact on a child's brain and body development. Over the years, research has shown that higher numbers of ACEs are associated with an increased risk of experiencing negative health outcomes such as diabetes, depression, and heart disease.

In December 2020, the Idaho Division of Public Health published "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Among Idaho Adults,2018", a report that sought to identify at-risk populations for childhood trauma, and compared the differences in self-reported mental health, physical health, and health risk behaviors between Idaho adults who did not experience any ACEs and those who experienced multiple ACEs.

Nearly 67% of study participants reported experiencing at least one ACE, and a little more than 23% of participants reported experiencing four or more ACES. As in other studies, this study revealed that, in Idaho, there were strong correlations between ACES and chronic health conditions and engagement in negative health behaviors. 

Read the full report here:  https://publicdocuments.dhw.id...C-DOCUMENTS&cr=1   

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