A study was conducted to gather further insight on whether having adverse childhood experiences contributed to an individuals’ adherence and compliance and its variance on whether participants identified as an athlete or not. Having these experiences can have detrimental effects in the long-term. Decreased mortality is only one of a host of side effects with adverse childhood experiences. There are not many solutions to negate from these side effects. With an increase in detrimental physical health issues, exercise has the potential to negate some of these long-term problematic results. Before prescribing exercise as a possible solution, there was a need determine if individuals’ adherence was affected by their experiences. This study uses The College of Wooster’s student body to understand how individuals may have been affected thus far. What was found was that there were multiple correlations between having adverse childhood experiences, compliance, and delay of gratification. In addition to the correlations, it was also found that 36% of the variance between these categories could be explained by this study.


Wilhelms, Evan




Health Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts


adverse childhood experiences

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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