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2014 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Adverse Childhood Experience--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures

The ACE Score*

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  Total
Respond.^
No ACE (1-2) ACEs (3-8) ACEs
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 2,913 1,366 41.5 39.0-44.0 997 35.7 33.2-38.3 550 22.8 20.6-25.2
GENDER
Male 1,215 583 43.9 39.9-48.0 424 37.4 33.5-41.5 208 18.7 15.8-22.1
Female 1,698 783 39.3 36.3-42.5 573 34.2 31.0-37.5 342 26.5 23.3-29.9
Have Health Insurance
Yes 2,527 1,235 43.6 40.8-46.3 862 36.1 33.4-38.9 430 20.3 18.1-22.8
No 380 130 31.9 26.0-38.5 131 32.9 26.3-40.2 119 35.2 28.7-42.3
Body Mass Index
Underweight 41 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Recommended Range 884 461 47.2 42.5-51.9 284 32.3 28.0-36.9 139 20.5 16.8-24.9
Overweight 978 442 38.5 34.4-42.7 352 39.2 34.7-43.8 184 22.4 18.7-26.5
Obese 803 345 38.5 33.6-43.6 269 34.5 29.7-39.7 189 27.0 22.6-31.9
Current Smoker
Yes 469 151 25.0 20.2-30.6 165 38.1 31.6-45.0 153 36.9 30.7-43.5
No 2,431 1,208 45.5 42.7-48.3 828 35.1 32.4-37.9 395 19.4 17.1-21.9
History of CVD**
Yes 392 188 47.8 41.2-54.5 132 31.1 25.5-37.4 72 21.1 15.5-28.0
No 2,483 1,159 40.7 38.0-43.5 852 36.2 33.5-39.0 472 23.1 20.7-25.6
Binge Drinker
Yes 292 95 31.1 24.2-38.9 112 37.2 29.7-45.4 85 31.7 24.4-40.1
No 2,553 1,236 43.2 40.5-45.9 865 35.5 32.9-38.3 452 21.3 19.0-23.7
Heavy Drinker
Yes 135 43 24.7 17.0-34.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
No 2,718 1,290 42.3 39.6-44.9 933 35.9 33.3-38.6 495 21.9 19.6-24.3
COPD
Yes 251 105 32.1 25.2-39.8 86 37.1 28.5-46.7 60 30.8 22.9-40.0
No 2,649 1,252 42.1 39.5-44.8 910 35.7 33.1-38.4 487 22.2 19.9-24.7
Current Asthma
Yes 220 90 35.9 27.1-45.7 68 31.6 23.4-41.1 62 32.5 23.9-42.5
No 2,678 1,271 42.1 39.4-44.7 922 36.0 33.3-38.7 485 22.0 19.7-24.4
Diabetes
Yes 407 187 42.5 36.4-49.0 138 31.9 26.2-38.3 82 25.5 19.8-32.3
No 2,500 1,177 41.3 38.6-44.1 855 36.2 33.4-39.0 468 22.5 20.1-25.1
Disability
Yes 821 339 34.8 30.6-39.2 285 35.5 30.9-40.4 197 29.7 25.1-34.8
No 2,072 1,017 43.5 40.5-46.6 709 36.0 33.0-39.1 346 20.5 18.0-23.3
Has two or more chronic diseases
Yes 983 457 41.6 37.5-45.8 323 32.6 28.7-36.9 203 25.7 21.8-30.1
No 1,930 909 41.4 38.4-44.6 674 36.8 33.7-40.0 347 21.8 19.2-24.7

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*The ACE score is a measure of cumulative exposure to traumatic stress during childhood, and is often used in ACE-related research. The score is based on
the summation of eight adverse childhood experiences. Two of these experiences are domain events or constructs, consisting of more than one question.
The sexual domain consists of three questions on forced/unwanted sexual contact. The substance abuse domain consists of two questions on living with someone
who abuses alcohol or drugs. If the respondent answers YES to one or more questions in the sexual domain, the response counts as only one experience.
The same is true of the substance abuse domain. The remaining six questions in the module are are then added to the two domain scores to yield a total
ACE score of eight.

**History of cardiovascular disease includes history of heart attack or coronary heart disease or stroke.

#Chronic diseases include heart disease (heart attack/stoke/angina), current asthma, skin cancer, other cancer, COPD, arthritis, depression, kidney disease and diabetes.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2014 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2014 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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