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Ohio: OH in the top five states with most children with adverse childhood experiences

Feb 14, 2018, Alliance (OH) Review: Study: Many Ohio kids experience early childhood trauma http://www.the-review.com/news/20180213/study-many-ohio-kids-experience-early-childhood-trauma A new report based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found that Ohio is among five states with the highest share of children — as many as one in seven — who had faced three or more of the potential trauma measures known to researchers as adverse childhood experiences. “Some of what puts Ohio in the higher levels is that almost a third of children have experienced economic hardship in their lives,” said study co-author Vanessa Sacks of Child Trends, a nonpartisan research organization in Bethesda, Maryland. … Since then, Sacks and others say, a growing body of research has supported the view that adverse childhood experiences are a major public-health issue. … Nationally, about 55 percent of children had not experienced any adverse experiences. The Child Trends report included eight measures that asked whether a child had ever: lived with a parent or guardian who became separated or divorced; lived with a parent or guardian who died; lived with a parent or guardian who was incarcerated; lived with someone who was mentally ill or suicidal; lived with someone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs; witnessed a parent or guardian behaving violently; witnessed or been the victim of neighborhood violence; experienced economic hardship that made it hard to cover food and housing. “These things impair your brain functioning at really critical junctures,” ratcheting up stress levels and pushing kids into a “fight or flight” mode that makes it difficult for them to acquire appropriate behavioral skills and succeed in school, McKenzie said. …