More than half of Colorado children experience at least one adverse childhood experience
A brief released by Child Trends analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and reveals that 55 percent of Colorado children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and roughly one in nine have experienced three or more ACEs, putting them in a category of especially high risk. In the Mountain region of the U.S., black and Hispanic children were more likely than white children to have experienced two or more ACEs.
A growing body of research shows Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a critical public health issue. ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to living with an adult with a mental illness. They can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in childhood or later in life.
The data showed that the most prevalent ACEs, affecting 50 percent of children in Colorado, were experiences when families had challenges with affording food or housing, and a parent or guardian being divorced or separated. The brief focused on six additional ACEs impacting kids under 18 in nine different geographic regions.
The report also highlights several policy recommendations from states and concludes that solutions are complex and multi-faceted. Read the full research brief here.