Child maltreatment, family characteristics and adult adjustment: mediating and moderating processes

Higgins, Darryl J., McCabe, Marita and Ricciardelli, Lina 2003, Child maltreatment, family characteristics and adult adjustment: mediating and moderating processes, Journal of aggression, maltreatment & trauma, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 61-86.

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Title Child maltreatment, family characteristics and adult adjustment: mediating and moderating processes
Author(s) Higgins, Darryl J.
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name Journal of aggression, maltreatment & trauma
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 61
End page 86
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1092-6771
Keyword(s) abuse
neglect
child maltreatment
family environment
adult adjustment
mediation
moderation
Summary Two alternate processes that may explain the relationship between child maltreatment, childhood family characteristics and adult adjustment (mediation and moderation) were tested using retrospective data from a community sample (N = 175). The levels of five different types of child maltreatment did not mediate the relationship between childhood family variables and adult adjustment. In contrast, family background played a mediating role in the relationship between maltreatment and adjustment. Evidence of moderation was found in the interactions between different maltreatment types in predicting adjustment. Partial support was found for the moderating influence of family factors on the relationship of maltreatment to adjustment.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Haworth Press Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002213

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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