Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Attachment Style, and Relationship Satisfaction in Young Adults
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as childhood events considered as traumatic. These events can lead to a plethora of physical and psychological health issues as the individual ages (Mosley-Johnson, 2019). Furthermore, ACEs can lead to the development of more insecure attachment styles (Thomson, 2017). It is predicted that those with an insecure attachment style will experience lower relationship satisfaction if they have a higher ACEs score. Participants will be recruited from the University of Dayton’s Psychology Research Sign-Up titled Sona Systems, which is utilized by Introduction to Psychology courses at the university. Participants will complete several questionnaires to measure their ACEs score, level of satisfaction in relationships, and the security in their attachment style. There are not many studies that investigate the relationship between ACEs and relationship satisfaction, especially when using attachment styles as a means to connect those variables. This study intends to determine whether there is a relationship among these variables so that further methods of treatment and therapy can mitigate the negative health issues of ACEs. It is important to investigate the aspects that can increase the likelihood of physical and psychological health issues so that they can potentially be discovered and treated before becoming too detrimental. If ACEs, attachment style, and relationship satisfaction are found to have a relationship, then treatments can be developed in an attempt to decrease the severity of health issues caused by high ACE scores.
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
"Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Attachment Style, and Relationship Satisfaction in Young Adults" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 2806.
Presentation: 1:30-2:00 p.m., Kennedy Union 331