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Emerging Adults: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Microaggressions, and Alcohol

This study investigated the relationship of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with alcohol consumption and alcohol problems in a sample of Black and white emerging adults (EAs), and racial microaggressions with alcohol consumption and alcohol problems in the Black EAs in the sample. Regression analyses demonstrated a positive relationship between ACEs and alcohol consumption, which was minimally stronger for females. The relationship between ACEs and alcohol consumption was stronger for college students than non-college students. Racial microaggressions were positively associated with alcohol problems, but not alcohol consumption. Findings underscore the important relationships between childhood stressors and alcohol consumption and problems for EAs, and the need for additional research on racial microaggressions and alcohol problems in Black EAs.

This paper, “Adverse childhood experiences, racial microaggressions, and alcohol misuse in Black and White emerging adults,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.