Adverse Childhood Experiences
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term used to describe neglect, abuse, violence and/or distressed family environments that children under the age of 18 years may experience. The cumulative effect of ACEs can be traumatic, especially if experienced repeatedly beginning at a young age. There is a strong association between the amount of ACEs an individual experienced during childhood and the increased risk for negative health behaviors (smoking, drug and alcohol abuse and risky sexual behaviors), chronic mental health concerns (depression and suicidal thoughts) and chronic diseases (heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer) later in life. The following table details the percentage of students who responded YES to the ACE questions. Click here for more informatoin about ACEs.

Oregon Student Wellness Survey - 4.3 Adverse Childhood Experiences - 2014-2016

As of 110616

Grade 6
Grade 8
Grade 11

2014
2016
2014
2016
2014
2016

Questions

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OR
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CC
OR
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Were your parents ever separated or divorced after you were born?

na
na
47.7
35.2
na
na
49.6
40.4
43.8
43.8
65.4
42.8

Have you ever lived with someone who is/was a problem drinker or alcoholic?

na
na
43.2
22.2
na
na
34.6
31.4
49.0
34.7
51.5
35.2

Have you ever lived with someone who uses/used street drugs?

na
na
27.9
11.4
na
na
30.4
20.7
35.8
23.7
40.6
23.6

Have you ever lived with a household member who is/was depressed or mentally ill?

na
na
45.5
20.4
na
na
31.9
30.7
40.0
35.6
44.1
39.0

Have you ever felt that you did not have enough to eat?

na
na
17.8
19.9
na
na
28.1
18.2
16.7
15.7
25.2
15.8

Have you ever felt that you had to wear dirty clothes?

na
na
20.0
9.9
na
na
21.2
11.2
16.7
9.2
20.4
10.2

Have you ever felt that you had no one to protect you?

na
na
15.6
14.7
na
na
19.7
16.4
15.6
14.2
19.4
14.1

Source: Oregon Student Wellness Survey 2014, 2016. na - Not asked in that grade level. Red - Increase from previous report.. Dark Red - near 100% increase. Green - No change. Source: oregon.pridesurveys.com/dl.php?pdf=Curry_Co_2016.pdf&type=county

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