Half of WV kids have traumatic experience

HUNTINGTON - In West Virginia, 52.4 percent of children under age 18 have had at least one of what officials call an adverse childhood experience, a rate significantly higher than the national average, according to the newest national data.

Twenty-six percent have had two or more experiences, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who is suicidal or has a drug or alcohol problem.

Findings come from data in the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health and an analysis conducted by the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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