The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to PTSD, Depression, Poly-Drug Use and Suicide Attempt in Reservation-Based Native American Adolescents and Young Adults

Teresa N Brockie, Gail Dana-Sacco, Gwenyth R. Wallen, Holly Wilcox, Jacquelyn C Campbell

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with numerous risk behaviors and mental health outcomes among youth. This study examines the relationship between the number of types of exposures to ACEs and risk behaviors and mental health outcomes among reservation-based Native Americans. In 2011, data were collected from Native American (N = 288; 15–24 years of age) tribal members from a remote plains reservation using an anonymous web-based questionnaire. We analyzed the relationship between six ACEs, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect, witness to intimate partner violence, for those

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-421
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Historical loss associated symptoms
  • Mental health
  • Native American
  • Perceived discrimination
  • Reservation-based
  • Risk behavior
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Applied Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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