Translating cultural assets research into action to mitigate adverse childhood experience-related health disparities among African American youth. Academic Article uri icon


  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) including trauma exposure, parent mental health problems, family dysfunction, and community-level adversities put individuals at risk for a host of negative health outcomes. The effects of cumulative ACEs are numerous, diverse, and can predispose an individual to cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems as well as premature death. African American youth experience disproportionate exposure to ACEs in the context of racism that increases risk for allostatic load and hinders systems of care responses resulting in physical and mental health disparities. To maximize efforts to mitigate these disparities it is imperative that we translate research into action to respond to ACEs in the context of racism. This article synthesizes African American cultural assets research within a resilience after trauma framework to provide a foundation for translating research into action to mitigate ACE-related disparities among African American youth. We present task shifting and youth-partnered advocacy as two strategies supported by this framework and describe their application to responding to ACEs in the context of racism. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

published proceedings

  • Am Psychol

altmetric score

  • 7

author list (cited authors)

  • Woods-Jaeger, B., Briggs, E. C., Gaylord-Harden, N., Cho, B., & Lemon, E.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Woods-Jaeger, Briana||Briggs, Ernestine C||Gaylord-Harden, Noni||Cho, Bridget||Lemon, Emily

publication date

  • January 2021