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Paula Nurius Explores Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health

Posted: 10/10/2017 (CSDE Research)

In a paper published in the Journal of Aging and Health, affiliate and Professor of Social Work Paula Nurius explores the connection between adverse childhood experiences and physical health through pathways including health risk behaviors, social support, lower income, and adult adversity. The results demonstrate that adverse childhood experiences are both directly and indirectly associated with poor adult health outcomes, and align with the theory that facing challenges early in life can lead stress to accumulate and subsequently impair physical health and well-being. CSDE Biodemography Director Eleanor Brindle also contributed to the paper, which is available below.

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