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

BHSD Students*

2016
2016
2014
2016

2016

Questions

CC
OR
CC
OR
CC
BK
OR
CC
OR

6th
8th
11th
Total
%

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

47.7
35.2
49.6
40.4
43.8
42.5
43.8
65.4
42.8

61
54
48
163
46.6

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

43.2
22.2
34.6
31.4
49.0
50.0
34.7
51.5
35.2

55
38
58
151
43.1

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

27.9
11.4
30.4
20.7
35.8
32.9
23.7
40.6
23.6

38
33
46
117
33.4

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

45.5
20.4
31.9
30.7
40.0
41.8
35.6
44.1
39.0

58
38
50
146
41.7

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

17.8
19.9
28.1
18.2
16.7
15.0
15.7
25.2
15.8

23
31
28
82
23.4

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

20.0
9.9
21.2
11.2
16.7
11.2
9.2
20.4
10.2

26
23
23
72
20.6

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

15.6
14.7
19.7
16.4
15.6
16.2
14.2
19.4
14.1

20
21
22
63
18.0

Source: Oregon Student Wellness Survey 2014, 2016. Red - Increase vs Oregon average. Dark Red - near 100% increase vs Oregon average. Green - No change. Source: oregon.pridesurveys.com/dl.php?pdf=Curry_Co_2016.pdf&type=county
* The # of BHSD students in grades 6th (128), 8th (109) and 11th (113) as of April, 2016 times the CC (Curry County) percent for the question, estimates the raw number of students in those classes impacted by the ACE in question. The comparison of Curry County numbers to BHSD numbers for 11th grade in the 2014 survey reflects a very close match in all but one question and that percentage also falls above the Oregon average. Therefore, we suggest, without access to the 2016 BHSD survey data, that each percentage in the County data closely equates to that in the District report.
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