New Arizona Data Shared on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

| September 1, 2014

NEW ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACE) DATA has been released at a County level showing comparisons throughout Arizona of the alarming numbers of those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Early childhood trauma is a known indicator of adverse health effects later in the lives of adults. The ACE STUDY and THIS DATA is critical to understanding the current condition of Arizona’s children and youth. Be sure to view and share this important data with your networks.

For more information on this data, be sure to contact:
Marcia Stanton, MSW
Injury Prevention Center, Strong Families
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
1919 East Thomas Road, East Building, Room 1617,Phoenix, AZ 85016
Office: 602.933.3342 |

A complete report on ACEs and additional information on the ACE Study can be found in:
Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences: Creating Hope for a Healthier Arizona

For more information on ACEs, be sure to visit:

The Report:

The first years of a child’s life have a profound effect on future learning, behavior and well-being. But recently, a new line of research has made it clear just how strongly early experiences shape adult lives.

Stable, nurturing environments help children develop cognitive and emotional skills as well as the resilience they need to thrive as adults.  Unfortunately, negative experiences can hinder this development, often leading to risky behaviors and health problems in adulthood.

While it’s easy to understand how adverse childhood…..

What is an ACE?

An adverse childhood experience (ACE) is trauma that takes place in a child’s life before age 18.  In the ACE Survey, adults were asked whether they grew up exposed to any of the following:

  • Recurrent physical abuse
  • Recurrent emotional abuse Contact sexual abuse
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse in the household
  • An incarcerated household member
  • Someone in the household who was depressed, mentally ill, institutionalized or suicidal
  • Mother who was treated violently
  • One of no parent
  • Emotional or physical neglect




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