Center for Disease Control

Troubled Childhood—The Norm?

It seems as though most of us did not grow up in an Ozzie-and-Harriett-type household. According to recent data collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, six out of 10 American adults had difficult childhoods. You may have endured physical, verbal, or sexual abuse or lived through domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, or divorce. A family member may have had a mental illness or may have been incarcerated.