Adult Psychological Distress and Self-Worth Following Child Verbal Abuse
child verbal abuse, psychological distress, self-worth
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Despite the proliferation of child maltreatment research over the last 30 years, there remains a dearth of research examining the long-term effects of child psychological maltreatment (CPM), particularly child verbal abuse (CVA). Using a college sample of 173 participants from a Southeastern university, this study examined the role of gender and perpetrator relationship in predicting psychological distress and self-worth of adults exposed to CVA. Maternal CVA emerged as a significant predictor of lower levels of self-worth in adult daughters and sons as well as greater psychological distress in adult daughters. Paternal CVA did not emerge as a significant predictor of greater psychological distress or lower levels of self-worth in either adult daughters or sons.
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Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, v. 22, issue 4, p. 394-407
Scholar Commons Citation
Coates, Erica E.; Dinger, Tara; Donovan, Matthew C.; and Phares, Vicky, "Adult Psychological Distress and Self-Worth Following Child Verbal Abuse" (2013). Psychology Faculty Publications. 1011.