Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Smith, Laurie Ph.D


Currently, over 60% of adults in the U.S have suffered from at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE). The impact of ACEs on mental health and well-being has been immensely researched over the past couple decades. The current study aims to see how emotional intelligence impacts psychological distress among individuals who have experienced ACEs. Researchers conducted a quantitative study in which 3 surveys were administered to a group of 93 voluntary participants via Qualtrics on social media platforms. Participants completed the following surveys: BEIS-10 (Emotional intelligence measure), K-6 (psychological distress measure) and the ACEs questionnaire. Results found that there was a positive correlation between emotional intelligence and psychological distress, but there was no statistical significance. However, researchers did find a statistical significance with psychological distress and high exposure to ACEs, indicating that those participants that reported higher psychological distress, also reported high exposure to ACEs. The study is directed toward raising awareness for the value of emotional intelligence and its association with psychological distress among individuals exposed by ACEs.

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