Change Indicator

Teen violence by grade 2015-2019 in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students were asked if they'd been involved with violent behavior in the past year.

Adverse childhood experiences or "ACEs" are stressful or traumatic experiences that disrupt the safe, nurturing environment that children need to thrive. Exposure to ACEs can lead individuals toward the adoption of unhealthy habits and the onset of negative long-term health and economic issues. These childhood adversities aren't one-time events, but are chronic sources of stress including things like physical or sexual abuse, neglect, addiction or mental illness in the home, and domestic violence.
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Data Source

Delaware School Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware


Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.

Last Updated

November 2022