Shasta Strengthening Families Collaborative

Local ACE survey:

Questions about eight of the ten Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – all but the two types of neglect – were included as an optional supplementary module to a larger survey that was conducted with Shasta County residents between the ages of 18 and 64 in spring 2012. The responses given by Shasta County residents revealed significantly higher rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than the five states surveyed in the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which used the same survey questions (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington).

In Shasta County, of the 281 Shasta County residents who answered the survey questions, 29% of respondents reported five or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their life history compared with just 9% in other parts of the country, while 16% of Shasta County residents report no Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their history, compared to 41% elsewhere.

The most common reported Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in Shasta County was household substance abuse (58%) followed by verbal abuse (55%), parental separation or divorce (44%), household mental illness (44%), and physical abuse (35%).