Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

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Adverse childhood experiences or "ACEs" are stressful or traumatic experiences that disrupt the safe, nurturing environment that children need to thrive. Exposure to ACEs can lead individuals toward the adoption of unhealthy habits and the onset of negative long-term health and economic issues. These childhood adversities aren't one-time events, but are chronic sources of stress including things like physical or sexual abuse, neglect, addiction or mental illness in the home, and domestic violence.
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Definitions: Adults (18+ years) who reported experience adversity as a child

Data Source: Delaware Household Health Survey, The Delaware Public Health Institute