Associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Major Depressive Episode and Chronic Physical Health in Adolescents: Moderation of Race/Ethnicity
Social Work in Public Health
Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are associated with health problems in adolescence. However, the moderating role of race/ethnicity is not well understood. The current study examines direct and indirect effects of ACE on major depressive episodes and chronic health outcomes, and the moderating role of race/ethnicity among adolescents who participated in the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement. Results show an association between ACE and both health outcomes. Race/ethnicity was associated with differential outcomes and indicated moderation. Results underscore the importance of examining associations between ACE and adolescent well-being by race/ethnicity. The need for trauma-informed and culturally responsive services for adolescents is discussed.
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Elkins, J., Miller, K. M., Briggs, H. E., Kim, I., Mowbray, O., & Orellana, E. R. (2019). Associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Major Depressive Episode and Chronic Physical Health in Adolescents: Moderation of Race/Ethnicity. Social Work In Public Health, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2019.1617216