Breaking the Cycle: An Exploration of the Connection Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Misuse

dc.contributor.advisorLeAnn, Gardner
dc.contributor.authorHertel, Mary
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Work.en_US
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2023-05-22T18:20:01Z
dc.date.available2023-05-22T18:20:01Z
dc.date.copyright2023-04-26
dc.date.issued2023-05-22
dc.description.abstractAdverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a set of experiences that can occur in a child’s life that can cause trauma and long-term health impacts. ACEs have been associated with altered brain function, heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, substance misuse, risky sexual practices, and short life expectancy. There is a close causal link and cyclical nature between ACEs and substance misuse. ACEs increase the risk of substance misuse later in life, living in a household in which a member misuses substances is an ACE, and there is a high risk of parent-child substance misuse transmission. All of which creates a cyclical problem cyclical that needs to be addressed by both micro and macro interventions. Micro interventions include parenting programs, promoting positive childhood experiences in the home, and implementing trauma-informed care into treatments. Macro interventions include widespread supplemental childcare systems, community connection, spreading awareness, enacting policies that address the lack of access to necessities, and abolishing policies that actively harm and contribute to adverse childhood experiences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/12210
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsBaylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectAdverse Childhood Experience (ACE)en_US
dc.subjectSubstance Misuseen_US
dc.subjectToxic Stressen_US
dc.subjectParent-Child Transmission of Substance Misuseen_US
dc.subjectMitigationen_US
dc.subjectImpacts of Traumaen_US
dc.subjectParental Role in Substance Misuseen_US
dc.subjectPositive Childhood Experience (PCE)en_US
dc.titleBreaking the Cycle: An Exploration of the Connection Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Misuseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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