Norrington, Janette (2018). Adverse childhood experiences, risky health behaviors, and perceived social support. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Adverse childhood experiences have been recognized as some of the basic causes of morbidity and mortality in adult life. While we know the relationship between ACEs and health outcomes and behaviors, we know less about which clusters of ACEs impact specific health behaviors or the role of social support as a potential moderator. Using longitudinal data from Add Health, I examine clusters of ACEs, risky health behaviors, and perceived social support (n=3132). I found that high ACE scores are associated with cigarette smoking, binge eating, unprotected sex, disordered eating, illegal drug use, and heavy marijuana use. Perceived social support served as a significant moderator for the relationship between ACEs, binge eating, disordered eating, and sedentary behavior. Although social support slightly reduced the association between ACEs and illegal drug use and heavy marijuana use, it could not completely reduce the impact of ACEs on these outcomes so further research is warranted.
adverse childhood experiences risky health behaviors social support
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
2184. Section on Medical Sociology Refereed Roundtable Session
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