2023 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Childhood Trauma and Resilience: A Look at the Impact of Protective Factors

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Dr. Jennifer Weaver


Researchers and educators are aware of how childhood trauma can impact different aspects of people’s lives. The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study conducted by the CDC and RYSE Youth Center provides seven categories of adverse childhood experiences. Using these existing categories and newer resiliency measures, in this study I aim to explore whether adults who have experienced childhood trauma display increased resiliency due to the presence of protective factors? The protective factors that I will focus on for my research are the following: A positive relationship with a supportive adult, and perceived sense of belonging to one’s community. I seek to answer this question by seeing if there is an observable relationship between a person’s childhood traumatic experiences, the influence of protective factors, and their levels of resilience.

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