Shasta Strengthening Families Collaborative

Local ACE survey:

Questions about eight of the ten Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – all but the two types of neglect – were included as an optional supplementary module to a larger survey that was conducted with Shasta County residents between the ages of 18 and 64 in spring 2012. The responses given by Shasta County residents revealed significantly higher rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than California, in fact double and nearly triple (incarceration and mental illness) the state average for the various ACEs.

In Shasta County, of the 271 Shasta County residents who answered the survey questions, nearly 40% of respondents reported four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their life history compared with just 17% in California, while 16% of Shasta County residents report no Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their history, compared to 38% in California.


The most common reported Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in Shasta County was household substance abuse (58%) followed by verbal abuse (55%), parental separation or divorce (44%), household mental illness (44%), and physical abuse (35%).