Negative experiences spiked in high schoolers since the pandemic

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new survey found negative experiences were common with high schoolers during the pandemic

Events such as physical or emotional abuse, food insecurity, loss of a parent’s job, electronic bullying, dating violence and sexual violence.

Those experiences were linked to higher prevalence of poor mental health and suicide attempts.

The CDC studied responses from more than 4,000 high school students.

Nearly three-quarters of high school students in the U.S. reported experiencing at least one adverse childhood experience in 2021.

They were more than twice as likely to report poor mental health.

They were nearly 6 times more likely to report a recent suicide attempt compared with those who did not experience any adverse events.

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