PRC’s National Health Survey Brief: Adverse Childhood Experiences in the US

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years), including not only abuse and neglect, but also aspects of a child’s environment that can undermine a sense of safety, stability and bonding. Because these traumatic events can have effects that persist for years, the CDC estimates that up to 1.9 million cases of heart disease and 21 million cases of depression could have been potentially avoided by preventing ACEs (

In the 2020 PRC National Health Survey, adults throughout the US were asked about their history of adverse childhood experiences through a series of survey questions (aligning with eight ACEs categories), as outlined in this brief.

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