Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact on Child's Executive Functioning

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the relationship between maternal ACEs and their child's executive functioning.
  2. learn about the intergenerational transmission of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  3. learn about the importance of executive functioning on socioemotional development and school success during early childhood.


Do maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact child’s executive functioning (EF)? We will provide results from a study that shows that after controlling for child age/sex and maternal inhibitory control, maternal ACEs were significantly associated with child EF, with higher ACEs associated with lower child EF in a sample of preschool age children. Practitioners will learn about intergenerational transmission of risk and the importance of EF skills for positive outcomes.



Antonella Onofrietti, University of Oregon
George A. Perez, University of Oregon


Nicole R. Giuliani


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