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Fall 10-6-2023


Our project seeks to examine the association between caregivers' educational attainment and employment status and the prevalence and types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their children. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occurs between the ages of 0 to 17, and it is well-established that ACE exposure is correlated to negative repercussions on mental and physical well-being in adulthood. Our study aims to identify specific caregiver conditions that elevate the likelihood of ACE exposure. Such efforts would allow the facilitation of targeted allocation of ACE-related funding for early prevention and mitigation among high-risk families. We opted to utilize the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) data and performed two primary statistical analyses: the Chi-square test and Logistic Regression analysis. Our results revealed clear negative correlations between ACEs and caregiver employment and educational attainment. Our findings provide valuable insights that can inform targeted interventions and support for at-risk families, ultimately working towards the prevention of ACEs and their adverse effects on children's well-being.


Funding provided by the J. William Asher and Melanie J. Norton Endowed Fund in the Sciences

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