Path analysis of adverse childhood experiences, early marriage, early pregnancy, and exposure to intimate partner violence among young women in Honduras

The pathways by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with early marriage and early pregnancy are poorly understood. Early marriage and early pregnancy may be risk factors for adulthood intimate partner violence (IPV).

Understanding the relationship between ACEs, early marriage, early pregnancy, and IPV may help inform prevention efforts. For example, programs aiming to reduce early pregnancy may consider addressing sexual violence experienced in childhood.

The aim of this study was to assess the relationships among ACEs, early marriage, early pregnancy, and IPV among women in Honduras.

Weighted data from 1,436 women aged 18–24 years used from the Honduras Violence Against Children and Youth Survey 2019 (data collected in 2017). Path analysis used to estimate relationships and accounted for sample design, non-response, and within-country clustering.

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Journal of family violence