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Date of Award

Winter 2022


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Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Psychology: General/Experimental




The following study aimed to ascertain any relationship between diminished executive functioning in young adulthood and the incidence of one or more Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mild-TBI) while accounting for psychosocial variables like childhood or adolescent trauma. The literature to date revealed there are indications of possible long-term consequences to adaptive functioning resulting from one or more childhood or adolescent mild-TBI(s); however, there were no definitive explanations amongst the literature. The following study examined executive functioning among young adults (18 to 24 years old) that self that self-reported history of childhood or adolescent mild-TBI and particular childhood traumatic event(s), with the notion adverse childhood experiences (ACE) could be a mediating variable. It was hypothesized that the incidence of one or more mild-TBI(s), in the presence of significant ACE(s), there would be marked increases in executive dysfunction in young adulthood.