Maltreatment and family dysfunction in childhood and the subsequent adjustment of children and adults

Higgins, Daryl J. and McCabe, Marita 2003, Maltreatment and family dysfunction in childhood and the subsequent adjustment of children and adults, Journal of family violence, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 107-120.

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Title Maltreatment and family dysfunction in childhood and the subsequent adjustment of children and adults
Author(s) Higgins, Daryl J.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of family violence
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 107
End page 120
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 0885-7482
1573-2851
Keyword(s) child maltreatment
abuse
neglect
family violence
adjustment
Summary The adjustment problems associated with sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, and witnessing family violence during childhood were examined in three studies. Study 1 demonstrated significant overlap between maltreatment types in parent reports (N = 50) of maltreatment experiences of their child aged 5–12 years. Parental sexual punitiveness, traditionality, family adaptability and family cohesion significantly predicted scores on 4 maltreatment scales and children's externalizing behavior problems. Level of maltreatment predicted internalizing, externalizing, and sexual behavior problems. In Study 2, significant overlap was found between adults' retrospective reports (N = 138) of all 5 types of maltreating behaviors. Parental sexual punitiveness, traditionality, family adaptability, and family cohesion during childhood predicted the level of maltreatment and current psychopathology. Although child maltreatment scores predicted psychopathology, childhood family variables were better predictors of adjustment. Study 3 demonstrated that child maltreatment scores predicted positive aspects of adult adaptive functioning (N = 95).
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002248

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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