Adverse childhood experiences and the health of university students in eight provinces of Vietnam

Tran, Quynh Anh, Dunne, Michael P., Vo, Thang Van, & Luu, Ngoc Hoat (2015) Adverse childhood experiences and the health of university students in eight provinces of Vietnam. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27(8), 26S-32S.

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Abstract

Recent systematic reviews have emphasized the need for more research into the health and social impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the Asia-Pacific region. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 2099 young adult students in 8 medical universities throughout Vietnam. An anonymous, self-report questionnaire included the World Health Organization ACE-International Questionnaire and standardized measures of mental and physical health. Three quarters (76%) of the students reported at least one exposure to ACEs; 21% had 4 or more ACEs. The most commonly reported adversities were emotional abuse, physical abuse, and witnessing a household member being treated violently (42.3%, 39.9%, and 34.6%, respectively). Co-occurrence of ACEs had dose–response relationships with poor mental health, suicidal ideation, and low physical health–related quality of life. This first multisite study of ACEs among Vietnamese university students provided evidence that childhood adversity is common and is significantly linked with impaired health and well-being into the early adult years

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ID Code: 89172
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adverse childhood experiences, mental health, physical health, university students
DOI: 10.1177/1010539515589812
ISSN: 1941-2479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2015 02:57
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 01:01

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