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Milner, Joel S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Psychology


Young women--Psychology; Adult child abuse victims--Social networks


The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between retrospective reports of the receipt of childhood physical abuse and prepubertal perceptions of the availability of social support with self-reported levels of depression, trait anxiety, use of verbal and nonverbal aggression, empathic perspective-taking, and child abuse potential in young adult females. Six hundred and forty-two undergraduate females were screened, from which four demographical1y matched subject groups (n per cell = 15) were created (high support/no abuse, high support/abuse, low support/no abuse, low support/abuse). Differences between these four subject groups on measures of the socio-emotional variables of interest were analyzed in a series of 2 x 2 ANOVAs. As expected, results indicated significant relationships between prepubertal perceptions of available social support and subsequent levels of depression, trait anxiety, and child abuse potential, as well as a significant relationship between childhood receipt of physical abuse and subsequent adult child abuse potential. Contrary to a priori predictions, no significant interactions of childhood physical abuse and prepubertal perceptions of social support were found for the socio-emotional variables investigated.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [125]-140)


xii, 198 pages




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