Adverse childhood experiences to adult adversity trends among parents: Socioeconomic, health, and developmental implications

In this study, CCFW Academic Partners examine patterns of adult adversity in parents who were exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Exposures to adverse childhood experiences (ACES) compromise the early developmental foundation of people long before they become parents. These exposures partly take place within the family environment — a context tightly shared by parents and children. Despite considerable evidence regarding effects of ACEs, differential patterns of childhood and adulthood adversity accumulation among currently parenting adults is relatively less understood. The present study helps address this gap using the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Washington State data of respondents ages 18 and older who are currently parenting a minor child.

Borja, Sharon & Nurius, Paula S. & Song, Chiho & Lengua, Liliana J., 2019. “Adverse childhood experiences to adult adversity trends among parents: Socioeconomic, health, and developmental implications,”¬†Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 258-266.