Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect, and household instability, affect lifelong health and economic potential. While relationships between household food insecurity and caregiver’s childhood exposure to abuse and neglect are underexplored, preliminary evidence indicates that caregivers reporting very low food security report traumatic events in their childhoods that lead to poor physical and mental health. Building on this evidence, this study investigates how adverse childhood experiences are associated with the intergenerational transmission of household food insecurity.

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DP 2014-13