Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 187–202 | Cite as

The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Events, Resiliency and Health Among Children with Autism

  • Bethany Rigles
Original Paper


Previous research has shown a negative relationship between adverse childhood events (ACEs) and health and resiliency among the general population, but has not examined these associations among children with autism. Purpose To determine the prevalence of ACEs among children with autism and how ACEs are associated with resiliency and health. Methods A quantitative analysis was conducted using data from the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. Results Children with autism experience significantly more ACEs than their peers, which is negatively associated with their health. However, resiliency is not significantly associated with ACEs in this population. ACEs disproportionately affect children with autism, which is negatively associated with health, but not resiliency. Further investigation into why children with autism experience more ACEs but maintain resiliency is warranted.


Autism Adverse childhood experiences Health Resiliency 



The author would also like to acknowledge Dr. Stefanie Mollborn for her feedback on this project. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Grant No. DGE 1144083).

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Conflict of Interest

The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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