Sarah Bofukya Bope, Dr. Robin Allen, PhD
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 focuses on adults who were, for a variety of reasons, not raised by their biological parents. This particular population has not been previously studied.
What are the effects on health and wellbeing of one losing attachment to their biological parents at a young age?
The impact of losing attachment to one’s parents will be explored through cross-sectional internet surveys and non-probability interviews.
It is anticipated that individuals that have experienced trauma/and/or child abuse will report struggles with both their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Although, individuals with higher protective factors are hypothesized to have stronger 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.
- “The Hidden Risk Factor: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Influence Adult Well-Being.” Health Enhancement Systems, 4 Sept. 2019, www.hesonline.com/2019/01/14/adverse-childhood-experiences-ace-influence-wellbeing/.
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