Don’t Step on the Tiger’s Tail: A Mixed Methods Study of the Relationship Between Adult Impact of Childhood Adversity and Use of Coping Strategies

Deborah Helitzer, David Graeber, Marnie LaNoue, Sharon Newbill

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Abstract

A mixed methods study examined the relationship between childhood adversity (ACE) and coping among individuals grouped by perceived impact of ACE in adulthood. Groups did not differ on mean total ACE scores and total ACE score was not associated with any coping strategy. Differences between groups were found in 6 of 14 coping strategies. Planning and active coping were endorsed the most by both groups, despite their being used in significantly different amounts and in different ways. How individuals with ACE rate its impact in their current lives is a significant factor in the use and meaning of coping strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-774
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume51
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Childhood adversity
  • Coping
  • Impact of adversity
  • Measurement of childhood adversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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