Survey of young adults in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reveals high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences

A recent survey conducted among 1277 students aged 18 and older in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia found high rates of various forms of abuse and household dysfunction as well as a strong association between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and the likelihood of drug abuse, attempting suicide and early pregnancy.

The ACE study was carried out as part of ongoing collaboration between the Ministry of Health and WHO/Europe in the area of violence prevention. The study applied the survey methodology made available in "Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence".

The gathered evidence points to the importance of reducing cycles of violence by investing in nurturing relationships and improving social cohesion across the generations at country level. One of the aims of the report is to stimulate a national policy dialogue on how to address the problem of child maltreatment.