Emotional abuse is defined as humiliation, controlling behavior, financial coercion, isolation, and threatening behavior, and both men and women experience emotional abuse. This paper examined the relationship between gender and the frequency of emotional abuse, the relationship between frequency of emotional abuse and mental health outcomes, and whether there are gender differences in the relationship between frequency of emotional abuse and mental health outcomes. A total of 101 college students who had been in a romantic relationship lasting at least six months completed an online survey assessing depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem, and emotional abuse. Frequency of emotional abuse did not differ between men and women, and the relationship between emotional abuse and mental health symptoms did not vary by gender. However, frequency of emotional abuse was positively associated with symptoms of depression and PTSD. The study also found high rates of emotional abuse among college students. Therefore, the results of this study underscore the importance of providing college students with resources and supports related to emotional abuse.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Orlando (Main) Campus
Bushong, Kayla G., "Emotional Abuse in College Students: Gender Differences in Psychological Outcomes" (2018). Honors in the Major Theses. 359.