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Date of Submission


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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Professor Tomoe Kanaya

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Adverse Childhood Experiences are seen as a multigenerational issue. Recent research has established a link between child abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction to the leading causes of death in the United States. Further, while substance abuse, particularly alcohol, is employed as a coping mechanism for victims of abuse, alcohol abuse simultaneously imposes stress, trauma, and a dysfunctional home environment for children, and hence results in collateral damage to the next generation. The following thesis argues that by gaining a better understanding of alcohol abuse more effective treatment can be provided to the abuser, and the repetitive nature of ACEs and alcohol abuse can be interrupted. This will improve the health of millions of Americans impacted by these pervasive issues.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.