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Adverse Childhood Experiences - Families, Resilience, and Children's Outcomes

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Families, Resilience, and Children's Outcomes

Negative experiences in the family, such as parental death, imprisonment, or other family stresses can reduce the amount and quality of time parents spend with their children. We know from previous research that a close and supportive relationship with a parent or other competent adult is the most important protective factor for child and youth development, so what are the consequences when stress occurs in the family? Often, the mechanisms behind poor success in adulthood in the labor market, health and education can be traced back to adverse experiences in childhood, however, we know less of the mechanisms behind this development. We also need more knowledge of the protective factors that can promote positive development in children and youth who experience stress in the family.

Project goals

The goal of the project is two-fold

  • to investigate the mechanisms that influence later development among children and youth with adverse experiences
  • to examine factors that can be protective and promote positive development in the face of family stress

We aim to investigate the importance socioeconomic status, family, and local contextual factors and the complex interplay between risk and protective factors in determining child outcomes.

What data will we use?

We will make use of registry data, survey data, and conduct interviews with youth, parents, and teachers. This provides a unique opportunity to investigate risk and protective factors on all levels, from the importance of public institutions common for all inhabitants in the municipality to personal protective factors.

Project facts


Adverse Childhood Experiences - Families, Resilience, and Children's Outcomes




01.12.21 - 31.12.24



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Project members

Ove Heradstveit
Ingrid Rindal Lundeberg
Elisabeth Fransson


Kriminalomsorgens høgskole og utdanningssenter KRUS, VID vitenskapelige høgskole, Universitetet i Miami.