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4-30-2020

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have emerged as a new way to understand psychosocial determinants of health. However, the extant literature has given little attention to the role of culture in experiencing ACE's and understanding their impact. In the few studies examining racial differences, White children have been found to have a lower ACE score compared to non-White children (Maguire-Jack, Lanier, & Lombardi, 2019), and Black and Hispanic children have been exposed to more adversities (Slopen, et. al., 2016). Mersky and Janczewski (2018) also found significant ethnic differences in their sample.The current study aims to add to this growing body of work by examining ACE's among students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in a private, religious, university sample. Data collection is complete, and the presentation will focus on prevalence of ACE's in cultural groups as well as exploring correlations between ethnic identity and types of ACE's experienced.Implications for culturally informed prevention and early intervention implications for various stakeholders, such as schools and health care settings will be discussed.

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Exploring ACE's in a Culturally Diverse University Sample

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have emerged as a new way to understand psychosocial determinants of health. However, the extant literature has given little attention to the role of culture in experiencing ACE's and understanding their impact. In the few studies examining racial differences, White children have been found to have a lower ACE score compared to non-White children (Maguire-Jack, Lanier, & Lombardi, 2019), and Black and Hispanic children have been exposed to more adversities (Slopen, et. al., 2016). Mersky and Janczewski (2018) also found significant ethnic differences in their sample.The current study aims to add to this growing body of work by examining ACE's among students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in a private, religious, university sample. Data collection is complete, and the presentation will focus on prevalence of ACE's in cultural groups as well as exploring correlations between ethnic identity and types of ACE's experienced.Implications for culturally informed prevention and early intervention implications for various stakeholders, such as schools and health care settings will be discussed.