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Report on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on a sample of primary school children in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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IN Foundation, a foundation for social inclusion of children and youth in BiH, with financial support from Kinderpostzegels from the Netherlands, conducted a survey of childhood experiences (ACEs) on a sample of primary school children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The survey included 1,326 children, pupils of the 5th, 6th and 7th grades of primary school, from 10 to 12 years of age, from 7 locations in BiH. The research was conducted from October to December 2017.

The research data record 23% of children who have experienced one or more adverse childhood experiences. Out of ten, the top five adverse childhood experiences are:

  1. divorced parents,
  2. emotional neglect,
  3. emotional abuse,
  4. physical neglect and
  5. physical abuse.

According to research, there is no major difference between girls and boys in terms of adverse experiences (ACEs).

It is evident that there is a correlation between several ACEs, contributing to the risk of child`s psychophysical growth and development, reducing the overall quality of life of children.

We hope that the results of this research will help to initiate activities that can assist parents, their children, teachers and professionals to ensure a healthy development of children in a safe and stable environment, having a sound education system, measures and policies that will help families raise healthy children, with caring, stable and supportive adults who will help to reduce the effect of trauma on the child’s health.

Providing children with healthy and supportive environment creates the basis for achieving the full health, social and economic potential of a society. Therefore, all social actors must be involved in achieving this goal. To read the report and the results of the research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the sample of primary school children in Bosnia and Herzegovina click on the link: Research on ACEs on a sample of primary school children in BiH