ACEs can have effects that last for generations.

Far too often, parents who had experienced great adversity in their adolescence pass the effects of toxic stress down to their own children.

According to a 2018 study by Adam Schickendanz of UCLA, children whose parents had endured one type of adverse experience in childhood were 44 percent more likely to struggle with hyperactivity and 56 percent more likely to suffer from emotional or mental health issues than children whose parents had an ACE score of 0. This study also found that when parents had experienced four or more ACEs, their children were twice as likely to be hyperactive and four times more likely to have emotional or mental health issues.

Idaho Youth Ranch is dedicated to breaking this generational cycle of toxic stress by helping kids build confidence and coping skills that will last them for a lifetime.

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