The Impact of Race on The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Life Satisfaction And Meaning In Life



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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has been a concept many speak of in regard to the impact it has on the growth of an individual from the perspective of their mental and physical health. However, ACEs not only impact an individual at the moment of their occurrence but cause long-lasting impacts throughout their life, based on the severity of the experience they had. The present study used three variables to analyze the impact of ACEs on Satisfaction with Life, Meaning in Life-Search, and Meaning in Life-Presence, to investigate whether racial background can alter an individual's score on the questionnaires asked. Methods: Participants included college students between the ages of 17-25. There were a total of 778 participants, with 81.4% (n = 633) female, 18.3% (n = 142) male, and 0.4% (n = 3) other. Pearson’s correlations, bi-variant analysis tests were conducted to analyze the correlations between the variables. Results: The results indicated that in regard to ACEs impact on life satisfaction and meaning in life-presence there was a significant correlation. Therefore, those who answered the ACEs’ questionnaire and scored higher there, would score lower on their aspect of life satisfaction and meaning in life-presence. In regard to the impact of race on meaning in life and life satisfaction, the results indicated low significant results out of the tests run. Conclusion: In summary, our results indicate that one’s race being identified as a minority is slightly associated with exposure to more adverse childhood experiences, which in turn is associated with decreases in meaning in life and satisfaction with life to decrease.



ACEs, Satisfaction with Life, Meaning in Life- Search/Presence, Race, Minority


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