2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Robin Allen


Current research has established a link between traumatic childhood experiences and adult health and wellbeing (Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention, ACES). At least 1 in 6 has experienced some form of adverse childhood experiences (ACES). At least five of the top ten leading causes of death are linked to ACES. This exploratory project focused on adults who were, for a variety of reasons, not raised by their biological parents. This included children raised through the foster care system, raised by their relatives, and/or raised by family friends. The impact of losing attachment to one’s biological family was explored with adults using surveys and open-ended interviews. It was anticipated that participants who experienced trauma and/or child abuse will report struggles with both their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Nov. 2019, www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aces/index.html.