Childhood adversity, adult homelessness and the intergenerational transmission of risk: a population-representative study of individuals in households with children

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  • This study tested for associations between childhood adversity, adult homelessness and contexts of developmental risk in households with children. Data were drawn from the 2010 Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, representative of the population of Washington State residents. Considering adults in households with children, those who experienced higher levels of childhood adversity were more likely to have experienced homelessness in adulthood. Meanwhile, a 10-factor index of cumulative developmental risk was independently associated with childhood adversity and with adult homelessness. Adult homelessness appears to represent a circumstance through which past childhood adversities are brought forward and associated with contexts of developmental risk for subsequent generations of children.
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  • Cutuli JJ; Montgomery AE; Evans-Chase M; Culhane DP
  • Start Page

  • 116
  • End Page

  • 125
  • Volume

  • 22
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  • 1