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1 in 7 King County adults reported a high number of adverse childhood experiences.

During childhood, frequent or extended exposure to toxic stressors – such as abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction – can impair brain development, with potentially lifelong consequences for health and wellbeing.  Similarly, certain attitudes and preferences in adolescence can predict whether teens are likely to engage in unhealthy or delinquent behaviors. 

In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked to think back to the years before they were 18 and report their exposure to any of 8 categories of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  Scores ranged from 0 to 8; scores of 0-3 were considered “low;” those of 4 and above were “high.”  To facilitate demographic comparisons, 3 years of data were averaged.