Proceedings of The 14th International Conference on Humanities, Psychology and Social Sciences
Trauma & Well-being in the Workplace: Mediating Effects of Childhood Traumas on Professional Relationships
R. Michael Neilio, Jr., Kristen A. Toohill, PsyD, Ryan T.W. McCreedy, Aprille Young, PsyD, Leanne M. Tortez, PhD
The intention of this work was to investigate potential correlations between past experienced personal trauma to the everyday experience of workplace well-being. The authors explored traumatic childhood stories using the Philadelphia extended version of the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) survey. Connections to these experiences were sought in a broad range of populations using snowball sampling. Participants (n = 406) were asked to answer the ACEs survey and questions on their current perception of workplace well-being using the Eudaimonic Workplace Well-Being Scale (EWWS). Results indicated a strong correlation that was statistically significant of an increased number of ACEs aligning with a lower perception of well-being within the workplace. This is the first study of its kind to connect clinical childhood trauma experience with current adult workplace experience of well-being. Findings suggest enhanced focus should be placed on engaged awareness and action-oriented treatment of mental health in the workplace.
keywords: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, Workplace Well-being, Organizational Relationships.