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South Region adults were more likely to have high ACE scores than adults in East Region, North Region, and King County overall.

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).  ACE scores ranged from 0 to 8. To facilitate demographic comparisons, 3 years of data were averaged.

The frequency with which adults reported a high number of adverse childhood experiences varied by region.

  • High ACE scores were more common among South Region adults than among adults in East Region, North Region, and King County overall.
  • East Region adults were less likely to have high ACE scores than adults in King County overall.