AbstractsSocial Work

Exploring the relationships between concurrent types of interpersonal child maltreatments and severity of posttraumatic stress symptomatology : the moderated mediational role of a child’s strengths

by Thelma G. McCoy

Institution: University of Texas – Austin
Department: Social Work
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: Interpersonal violence; Behavioral and emotional strengths; Psychopathology of trauma; Child maltreatment; Multiple child maltreatments; Path analysis models; Child abuse; Domestic violence and witnessing violence; Childhood violence exposure; Child strengths; Mediational model; Moderators; Children exposed to violence; Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology; Behavioral and Emotional Difficulty symptoms
Record ID: 2058676
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/28488


Most children exposed to interpersonal violence experience multiple forms of victimizations that are more predictive of trauma symptomatology than single traumatic incidents. This exploratory study seeks to extend research that suggests a child’s intrinsic strengths may help mitigate the development of serious psychiatric symptoms for children experiencing multiple interfamilial victimizations. Utilizing a diverse clinical sample (N= 106) of children 7 to 18 years of age who were exposed to multiple family traumas or to non-interpersonal traumas, path analysis models (moderation, mediational, and moderated mediational) were employed across potential explanatory or attenuating demographic factors (age, ethnicity, and gender) to ascertain the associations between multiple interpersonal maltreatment types experienced, childs’ behavioral and emotional strengths, and their posttraumatic stress symptomatology and/or behavioral and emotional difficulty symptoms.