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Charleston, WV: CDC finds trauma in childhood connected to "serious health concerns"

Feb 10, 2018, Charleston (WV) Gazette—Mail: Traumatic childhood events common in WV, report says https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/health/traumatic-childhood-events-common-in-wv-report-says/article_7efb3d3b-9940-51c9-9ba1-4f162656ba7e.html A statewide coalition of groups and people who want West Virginians to understand the connection between childhood trauma and health outcomes later, such as addiction, released a report last week that showed traumatic childhood experiences are common among West Virginians.... The original ACEs study, conducted from 1995 to 1997 as a project of Kaiser Permanente and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that people with four or more ACEs were significantly more likely to have serious health concerns. … The report also includes findings from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, which found that 52.4 percent of children under age 18 in West Virginia have had at least one adverse childhood experience, compared to a national average of 46.3 percent. It also found that 26 percent of West Virginia children have had two or more ACEs, compared to a national average of 21.7 percent of children. The report notes that several initiatives in the state take into consideration the effects of childhood traumatic experiences on childhood behavior and later health outcomes and quality of life. Examples include early childhood home visiting programs, the Handle with Care initiative, and child advocacy centers. “Our hope is that we will stop asking the question, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ and instead begin asking, ‘What happened to you?’” report authors wrote. …