Report adverse childhood experience among young in prison

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The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a new report by researchers from the University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne and Griffith University that examines the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) of young people in the youth justice system. It shows:

  • Frequently experienced ACEs include emotional abuse (64% of young people), neglect (62%), family violence (46%), physical abuse (45%), bullying (44%), neighbourhood violence (39%) and sexual abuse (7%).
  • Overall, 170 participants (92%) experienced at least one of these ACEs frequently.
  • Most of these young people (85%) scored in the problematic range for alcohol and other drug use.
  • Further analysis identified four different groups, based on their past experiences. These groups differed in their child protection history, trauma symptoms, substance use and behavior.

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