Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Overall Health Among College Students

Emily E Hecox


The relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), mental health, physical health, and alcohol/drug use has been reported. However, the existing literature lacks much information on the relationship of these variables among college students, who are in a unique transition period of early adulthood. In this study, participants reported on their experience of ACEs, drug/alcohol use, and overall health (a combined mental and physical health measure). Analysis of the data revealed several interesting correlational findings. Females reported higher levels of ACEs than males. A marginally reliable positive correlation was found between overall health and general health and ACEs. Interestingly, no correlation was found between ACEs and alcohol or tobacco use in this study. Possible explanations and the implications of these findings are discussed herein.

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