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Celebrating Great Childhoods for All Children in April

Celebrating Great Childhoods for All Children in April

Recent research shows that children who experience abuse, neglect or other traumatic events are at greater risk for poor health, learning and behavior outcomes. A survey of Iowa adults found that, compared to adults with no traumatic experiences, those who experienced four or more adverse events as children (14 percent) were more than twice as likely to rate their health poorly, five times more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression, four times more likely to have lung disease and nearly three times more likely to have heart disease.

“Preventing child abuse is important if our children are to grow up healthier, better prepared to learn, and more productive in the workforce,” said Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “But it takes the whole community working together to help families thrive.”