April 19, 2018

Which Kids Run the Greatest Risk of Multiple Adverse Experiences?

Nationwide, 22% of children have had multiple adverse experiences, according to data from 2015-2016.

The risk of having multiple adverse experiences runs higher for American Indian kids (37%) and African-American kids (34%). This statistic also varies by geographic location, peaking at 31% for kids living in Arizona and dipping to just 15% for kids in New York and Maryland.

Adverse experiences can cause inordinate stress to maturing brains, which can negatively impact a child’s development as well as their long-term health and success. Qualifying experiences include parental divorce or separation, parental death, parental incarceration, family or neighborhood violence, mental illness and abuse, frequent socioeconomic hardship and racial bias.

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