Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have lasting impacts on people’s physical and mental health, contributing to the development of harmful lifestyle behaviours, chronic disease and premature mortality. In 2015, Public Health Wales undertook the first national survey exploring the prevalence and health impacts of ACEs among adults in Wales.

BMG Research has been commissioned by Public Health Wales to carry out the second national ACE survey across Wales, continuing the work delivered for the England national survey in 2013. The survey looks to measure ACEs at a national level; measure the prevalence of health risk behaviours and health outcomes at a national level; measure personal, social and community resilience resources in childhood and adulthood; and explore which resilience resources may protect against the harmful impacts of ACEs and the development of poor health behaviours.

A total of 2,500 interviews will be conducted across Wales, 500 of which are to be undertaken in high density Welsh speaking communities. A stratified random probability sampling method will be adopted, with interviews delivered face to face using computer-assisted interviewing (CAPI).

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