Study shows NJ is a good place for child safety
New Jersey turns out to be a great place for kids, according to a recent study. The study, carried out by the University of Minnesota and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and reported by News 12 New Jersey, the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) was low in New Jersey. Some of these ACEs include physical and emotional abuse, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and the loss of a parent through death, divorce, or separation. Of the fifty states, New Jersey ranked # 2 for the lowest number of ACEs. California was the first. When measured for children with two or more ACEs, New Jersey ranked first with 13.2%.
Childhood trauma can have serious repercussions throughout life. Higher ACE scores are associated with risky health behaviors, poor physical and mental health, and even premature death.
According to News 12, “Nationally, about 18% had reported at least two negative experiences in their [New Jersey] Says Robert Hest, researcher at the University of Minnesota. “We have seen a decrease in the number of children reporting negative childhood experiences in New Jersey, reflecting a broader national trend.” The data comes from 2019, and researchers fear the number of ACEs may have increased during the pandemic. Fortunately, according to the study, children are resilient and this allows their brains to heal and change with new environments.
So the next time someone is shopping in New Jersey, remember, in important categories like child safety, we do pretty well.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.