Missouri children report more frequent incidents of negative events

1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, October 25 2017 Oct 25, 2017 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:10:00 PM CDT October 25, 2017 in News
By: Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - According to a new study, children in Missouri have a harder time growing up than their peers in other states.

The 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) data shows Missouri ranks above average on the percentage of children under 18-years-old that have experienced more than one adverse childhood experience (ACE). An analysis conducted by the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows:

  • 47.8 percent experienced one or more ACEs, compared to a national average of 46.3 percent
  • 27.2 percent experienced two or more ACEs, compared to a national average of 21.7 percent

Adverse childhood experiences include but are not limited to:

  • Family financial problems
  • Parental/guardian divorce or separation
  • Parental/guardian death 
  • Parent/guardian served time in jail
  • Witnessed Domestic violence
  • Victim of violence
  • Lived with anyone mentally ill, suicidal, or depressed
  • Lived with anyone with alcohol or drug problem
  • Suffered racial/ethnical discrimination

Joy Oesterly is the executive director of the Missouri KidsFirst, a non-profit organization focused on preventing and educating people on child abuse. 

"If those are experiences that are repetitive of nature, experiences that they endure over a long period of time, or that they experience frequently. Those kinds of stressors can become toxic stress to children," she said.

The impacts of traumas related to ACEs can lead to future social-economical issues for the child. 

"Those kinds of stressors can actually change the brain of a child," Oesterly said. "Just by having those experiences, we have already diminished the potential for those individuals to have productive adulthood. And we have diminished their economic earning power." 

Some of the long-term impacts of adverse experiences during childhood can lead to smoking, alcoholism, depression, heart and liver diseases, and dozens of other illnesses and unhealthy behaviors.

The NSCH data also showed 33 percent of U.S. children with two or more ACEs have a chronic health condition involving a special health care need, compared to 13.6 percent of children without ACEs.

The same data shows family and physiological support can help children cope with stressors caused by adverse situations and prevent unwanted adulthood behavior.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA -It's a topic that many people shy away from, but one man came to Columbia to talk about suicide.... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 8:25:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Terron Wings says he considers himself blessed he can now call himself an “American taxpayer.” Wings, 37,... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:27:27 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted to approved ballot language for a $30 million bond issue Monday night... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:01:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – High winds and dry conditions warranted additional safety precautions for fire safety Monday in central Missouri. The... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 6:04:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
RENICK – The Beamer family was on the porch of their Randolph County home at the beginning of the storm... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 5:21:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
ROCHEPORT - Consolidated Water issued a boil order advisory for parts of Howard County Monday due to a water main... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 4:29:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
ORONOGO (AP) — Homeowners living near a gun range in southwest Missouri are concerned about stray bullets that have been... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:32:30 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - When someone goes to the doctor for a checkup, they might expect the regular look at their eyes,... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:15:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is using mobile pantries to provide food to areas that... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:00:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's attorney general is weighing whether to appoint a special investigator to check into use of... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 2:45:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - One MU Nursing School program has reduced the number of nursing home patients from hospitalization by nearly 50... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 2:24:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- The Missouri Attorney General's office is forming an advisory board to develop the first statewide program in Missouri that... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 12:22:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The city plans to begin repairing base failures in the Thornbrook Subdivision beginning Dec. 11 at 8 a.m.... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 11:34:00 AM CST December 11, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri state representative has filed more legislation which would redefine "marriage" as a "contract of domestic... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 11:22:00 AM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Monday is the final day to donate to Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Almeta Crayton Memorial Toy Drive. ... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 10:58:00 AM CST December 11, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants his five new appointees to the state veterans... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 10:50:00 AM CST December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: 1:44 P.M. A police officer confirmed white paint footprints are related to Monday's investigation. The police officer... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:34:00 AM CST December 11, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Nearly four years ago to the day, local business owner Linda Bonebrake was diagnosed with severe sepsis at... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:47:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
5am 27°
6am 26°
7am 25°
8am 25°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
9:00p
Chicago Med
7:00p
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017
8:00p
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld