Date of Award
Master of Science in Psychology
Explores why revictimization occurs in women who were sexually abused as children. Examines variables such as nature and severity of childhood abuse, attachment, and self-esteem to identify predictors of repeated abuse. A correlational-regression approach was used to test the hypothesis that lower positive attachment to parental figures, mediated by low self-esteem, will be associated with revictimization in adulthood. Approximately 150 women (Age = 18 to 54; M = 27) from various communities across Southern California participated in the study. Results did not support the hypothesis. Though self-esteem was correlated with both attachment and revictimization individually, there was no mediational effect of self-esteem between parental attachment and revictimization.
Glass, Kimberly Lynn, "Parental attachment as a predictor of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse revictimization" (2006). Theses Digitization Project. 3007.