The role of attachment in the relationship between child maltreatment and later emotional and behavioral functioning
Abbreviated Journal Title
Child Abuse Negl.
Trauma; Child maltreatment; Emotional abuse; Attachment; Internal; working models; Internalizing problems; Externalizing problems; Emerging; adults; PERSONALITY-DISORDER SYMPTOMS; ADULT ATTACHMENT; PSYCHOLOGICAL; ADJUSTMENT; DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS; STRANGE SITUATION; COLLEGE-STUDENTS; LATE ADOLESCENCE; SEXUAL-ABUSE; PSYCHOPATHOLOGY; PRESCHOOL; Family Studies; Psychology, Social; Social Work
The experience of childhood maltreatment is an important predictor of unfavorable emotional and behavioral outcomes. Because little research examined explanatory variables in the relationship between childhood maltreatment experiences and later outcomes, this study examined the role that attachment serves in this relationship. Four hundred twenty-four participants completed questionnaires assessing the variables of interest for this study. Results indicated that both childhood maltreatment experiences (particularly emotional abuse) and attachment (particularly to mothers and peers) are significant predictors of later emotional and behavioral outcomes. Further, attachment contributed unique and significant variance to the relationship between childhood maltreatment experiences and later outcomes. Such findings suggested that secure attachment may serve as a protective factor against maladaptive emotional and behavioral outcomes as children reach emerging adulthood, even in the context of childhood maltreatment experiences. The importance of studying the relationships among these variables is discussed. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Child Abuse & Neglect
"The role of attachment in the relationship between child maltreatment and later emotional and behavioral functioning" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 5720.