LA’s children have higher adversity, less resilience

Nearly 54 percent of Louisiana’s children have experienced an adverse event, compared to 46 percent nationwide, and 28.2 percent of those experienced at least two adverse events, up from the national rate of 21.7 percent.

Adverse Childhood Experiences are traumatic or stressful occurrences that can lead to serious consequences with child development. ACEs include experiencing child abuse and neglect and growing up in a dysfunctional home with domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, parental separation or an incarcerated family member. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk of substance use, missed work, severe obesity, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses.

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