Scholarly Project 314A
Alesia Jones, PhD, Leah Patton, BS, Shalini Kumar, BS
Mental health is a critical public health concern in the US. Roughly 1 in 8 adults in the US experience a mental illness in a given year. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which includes household dysfunction, abuse, and neglect have been shown to contribute to the development of mental illnesses in adulthood. Despite this, primary care providers infrequently screen patients for ACEs and fail to consider the relationship between ACEs and adult health. The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between ACEs and adult health including mental health symptoms and chronic medical conditions in a family medicine setting. We further investigated the relationship between ACEs, mental health, and resilience.