Adverse Experiences and Children’s Special Health Care Needs

April 29, 2020

In a population-based study, 20% of children had special health care needs and 43% experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. Children with adverse childhood experiences, particularly family mental illness, domestic violence and neighborhood violence, were much more likely to have special health care needs. Therefore, care for children with special health care needs should better realize, recognize, and respond to childhood traumas.

adjusted prevalence of CSHCN status by level of exposure to ACEs



Kristin Kan, Ruchi Gupta, Matthew M. Davis, Nia Heard-Garris & Craig Garfield. Adverse Experiences and Special Health Care Needs Among Children. Matern Child Health J 24, 552–560 (2020).

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