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Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative

Show simple item record Metzler, Marilyn Merrick, Melissa Klevens, Joanne Ports, Katie Ford, Derek 2020-07-31T20:43:47Z 2020-07-31T20:43:47Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Metzler, Marilyn; Merrick, Melissa T.; Klevens, Joanne; Ports, Katie A.; Ford, Derek C. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative. Children and Youth Services Review: 72, 141-149. en_US
dc.description.abstract Substantial research shows that early adversity, including child abuse and neglect, is associated with diminished health across the life course and across generations. Less well understood is the relationship between early adversity and adult socioeconomic status, including education, employment, and income. Collectively, these outcomes provide an indication of overall life opportunity. We analyzed data from 10 states and the District of Columbia that used the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) module in the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine the association between ACEs and adult education, employment, and income. Compared to participants with no ACEs, those with higher ACE scores were more likely to report high school non-completion, unemployment, and living in a household below the federal poverty level. This evidence suggests that preventing early adversity may impact health and life opportunities that reverberate across generations. Current efforts to prevent early adversity might be more successful if they broaden public and professional understanding (i.e., the narrative) of the links between early adversity and poverty. We discuss our findings within the context of structural policies and processes that may further contribute to the intergenerational continuity of child abuse and neglect and poverty. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.subject Data Analysis en_US
dc.subject Adverse Childhood Experiences en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Poor en_US
dc.subject Child Abuse en_US
dc.subject Child Neglect en_US
dc.subject Structural Inequities en_US
dc.subject Socioeconomic Status en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Employment en_US
dc.subject Income en_US
dc.title Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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