Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Social Work

First Advisor

Yvonne Unrau

Second Advisor

Richard Grinnell

Third Advisor

Bridget Weller


This project researched the differences in Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scores among Social Work students compared to other majors at a Midwest University. The purpose of the study was to research the ACE scores within fields of study and various demographics to target the most at-risk populations on campus. The sample was composed of 185 undergraduate students studying social work and other fields of study. The sample included various grade levels, races, genders, and environments participants were raised. The participants were given a 16 question on-line survey including demographic questions and questions from the ACE score test. The research concluded that social work students do have higher ACE scores than nonsocial work students on campus, along with students of junior and senior status or were raised in an urban environment. From these findings, improvements can be made to create a curriculum that recognizes the importance of self-care in students and offers resources to students with high Adverse Childhood Experience scores.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Included in

Social Work Commons