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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Parent and child, Child abuse-Psychological aspects, Child sexual abuse-Psychological aspects, Mother and child, Intergenerational communication, Emotions in children, Quantitative, Parent-child relationship, Parent-child interaction, Intergenerational transmission, Childhood maltreatment, Emotion regulation


Child maltreatment is an issue that has serious psychological and behavioral consequences in children now and in the future. This exploratory study used the developmental psychopathology framework to examine the relationships between maternal childhood maltreatment, parent-child relations, and child emotion regulation. I performed a secondary data analysis on 228 preschool-aged children (118 boys and 110 girls) and their biological mothers. Data was originally collected as part of a longitudinal study called the Child Regulation and Representation Project (CHiRRP). Mothers responded to a semi-structured interview, which was then coded for severity ratings of childhood physical abuse (CPA) and childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The qualities of the parent-child relationship were based on parent-child interaction observational data. Lastly, components of emotion regulation were measured during a disappointment task. I ran Pearson tests, Spearman tests, and one-way ANOVAs with the variables. Results indicated that there were no significant relationships between maternal childhood maltreatment, parent-child interaction, and children emotion regulation. The conclusion discussed limitations regarding coding and limited statistical analysis.




iv, 45 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-44)

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