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Lilly, Michelle M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Clinical psychology


Relationship violence not only affects individuals who are directly involved, it can also have an impact on children exposed to interparental conflict. Early exposure to interparental violence may be detrimental to one's development and may further shape the way one understands and approaches future intimate relationships. The current cross-sectional study examined the potential associations between exposure to interparental violence and perpetration of psychological abuse in a college undergraduate sample. Rejection sensitivity was hypothesized to explain the relationship between violence exposure and perpetration of psychological aggression in intimate relationships. Moreover, the role of maternal relationship quality and emotion regulation were examined as potential moderators. Findings indicate that witnessing family-of-origin interparental violence was associated with perpetration of psychological IPV in emerging adult relationships. The indirect effect of childhood interparental violence on psychological IPV perpetration through rejection sensitivity was also significant. However, the moderating effects of maternal warmth and emotion regulation difficulties were not supported. Implications of these findings and limitations of the current study are discussed.


Advisors: Michelle Lilly.||Committee members: Laura Pittman; Patricia Wallace.||Includes bibliographical references.


99 pages




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