Date of Graduation


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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Shreve, Marilou

Committee Member/Reader

Kilmer, Michele


Background: The purpose of this literature review is to explore the impact of parental adverse childhood events on weight and development in their offspring. This includes occurrences of offspring obesity, delays in social and cognitive development, and secondary factors that could have affected development or weight in childhood. Purpose: To support a more holistic and trauma-informed approach to nursing care, a systematic review was conducted examining the relationship between parent ACEs and offspring development and health status. Method: A literature review was conducted over 20 peer reviewed articles found on CINAHL Complete, PubMed and MEDLINE (Ebsco) databases. Results: A summary of the literature suggests an association between parent ACEs and offspring overall health impacts. Conclusion: The influence of parent ACEs on parenting styles and parent-child interactions, elicits an array of negative impacts on offspring health outcomes. A lack of relevant studies specifically examining the relationship between parent ACEs and offspring weight status supports the need for more relevant studies and implementation of interventions based on research outcomes.


Parent ACEs, Childhood Obesity, Childhood Development