Childhood matters: Exploring ACEs and future health outcomes in adults on the waitlist for subsidized housing in New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are said to be the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today. This study uses a cross-sectional survey design to measure self-reported ACEs of individuals waiting for subsidized housing in NB (n=205). The relationship between ACEs and self-reported health is also assessed using multilinear regression models; operationalized through depression (CESD-10), psychological distress (Kessler 6), and physical health (EQ VAS, EQ-5D-5L index value). The majority (86.12%) report at least 1 ACE. There are significant inverse associations between ACEs and depression (F(7, 197), p < 0.00, R2 = 0.4) and psychological distress (F(7, 197)= 19.18, p < 0.001; R2 =0.41). There is also a significant negative relationship between ACEs and EQ VAS score (F(7, 197), p < 0.001, R2 = 0.12) and the EQ-5D (F(7, 197)=6.62, p < 0.001, R2 = 0.19). The findings indicate a need for additional support for housing-insecure individuals with experienced ACEs.