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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

Eraina Schauss

Committee Member

Pam Cogdal

Committee Member

Haley Zettler

Committee Member

Murphy Patrick


The high prevalence of conditions among adolescents such as anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide has become a global concern. Given the growing rates of internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems at the onset of adolescence, researchers have begun to find interest in identifying associations that account for dysfunctional patterns and problem behaviors. Findings suggest that these negative psychological and behavioral outcomes could be linked to exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like abuse, neglect, violence, and household dysfunction. The present study investigated associations between ACEs, difficulties in emotion regulation, and problem behaviors among a sample of 43 adolescents age 11-17 in a residential facility in the Mid-South region. The Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire (ACE), Youth Self Report (YSR), and Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Short Form (DERS-SF) instruments were used to assess for trauma history, emotional, and behavioral problems. Pearsons product moment correlational analysis was conducted to examine relationships among these variables. Results revealed moderate to strong, positive associations between these variables. Implications for mental health practitioners and counselor educators are discussed.Keywords: adolescents, adverse childhood experiences, emotion regulation, mental health, externalizing behaviors


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