Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Family Nurse Practitioner

First Advisor

Dr. Trinette Radasa


Objective: Adverse childhood experiences can affect a child mentally and lead to mental, health, and learning problems later in life. Establishing healthy parent-child relationships through family-oriented programs can promote mental well-being, improve behavior and learning in children and strengthen positive parent-child relationships.

Methods: A systematic electronic search using databases Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PubMed, and PsycINFO, contextualized current research on the importance of parent-child relationships and their influence on mental health. The inclusion criteria for the review used were articles in the English language and relevant dates from 2014 to 2021. The key terms used were adverse childhood experiences and mental health, community mental wellness, family and adolescent and mental health outcomes, childhood with adverse childhood experiences and parent assessment, caregiver-infant interaction, parent-child relationships, and child abuse prevention. The research articles were evaluated for quality using the John Hopkins Evidence-based Practice tool (JHEBP) and found to be high-quality level I systematic reviews and meta-analysis meta-analyses, random control trials, and level II and III high-quality quantitative and qualitative studies.

Results: Evidence gathered from the literature review postulates that parent-child programs are beneficial in improving behavioral and learning problems in children. It strengthens parent-child relationships and influences children’s and parents’ overall mental health.

Conclusion: Family wellness programs can effectively establish attachment, a vital component

for social and emotional development. It also promotes improved learning and a reduction in behavioral problems.

Keywords: mental health and family wellness, childhood mental health, adverse