Do Social Bonds Buffer the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Reoffending?

yvjj_coverCraig, Jessica M., Michael T. Baglivio, Kevin T. Wolff, Alex R. Piquero and Nathan Epps (forthcoming 2016). Do Social Bonds Buffer the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Reoffending?. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, published online before print, February 14, 2016.

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Research from multiple disciplines has reported that exposure to childhood traumatic events, often referred to as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), increases an individual’s chances of experiencing a wide variety of negative consequences such as chronic disease, unemployment, and involvement in serious, violent, and chronic offending. The current study assesses how protective factors from social bonds may moderate the relationship between ACEs and future offending in a sample of high-risk adjudicated youth.