Does Having a Rough Childhood Motivate People to Serve Others?

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[We’re pleased to welcome authors Crystal Evans of Regis University and Gregory R. Evans of CSU-Global. They recently published an article in Public Personnel Management entitled “Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Determinant of Public Service Motivation,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, they reflect on the impact and results of this research:

PPM_C1 template_rev.inddPublic sector enterprises are geared towards helping people, whether through funding medical research, providing shelter to those in danger, increasing education opportunities, or providing recreational opportunities for people to enrich their lives. But what draws people to work in the public sector? Does the act of helping other people enrich their lives and is that what draws people to serve others? By extension, are those people who need to most enrichment drawn more to these fields? Our paper examines the relationship between childhood trauma, as measured by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)…

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