Don't Step on the Tiger's Tail: A Mixed Methods Study of the Relationship Between Adult Impact of Childhood Adversity and Use of Coping Strategies. Academic Article uri icon


  • A mixed methods study examined the relationship between childhood adversity (ACE) and coping among individuals grouped by perceived impact of ACE in adulthood. Groups did not differ on mean total ACE scores and total ACE score was not associated with any coping strategy. Differences between groups were found in 6 of 14 coping strategies. Planning and active coping were endorsed the most by both groups, despite their being used in significantly different amounts and in different ways. How individuals with ACE rate its impact in their current lives is a significant factor in the use and meaning of coping strategies.

publication date

  • December 2014