Do Children With Adverse Childhood Experiences Access Mental Health Services

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. state the relationship between ACEs and increased need for mental health services.
  2. state the relationship between four specific ACEs and the likelihood of receiving needed mental health services.
  3. describe implications these relationships have for school psychologists.


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are related to increased need for mental health services, particularly for internalizing symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression). This study examined the relationship between four ACEs and mental health services received. Children with ACEs were less likely to receive mental health services than their peers without ACEs. School psychologists will learn that they can effectively serve these students by identifying them, developing expertise, advocating for them, and finding community resources for referral.



Courtney C. Foster, East Carolina University
Kelli R. Long, East Carolina University
Aimee W. Smith, East Carolina University
Jeannie A. Golden, East Carolina University

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