Examining the role of distress tolerance on the relationship between maternal childhood maltreatment and the intergenerational transmission of emotional dysregulation

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Anna Rebekah Johnson (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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David Solomon

Abstract: Individuals who experience childhood maltreatment can experience a variety of psychosocial difficulties which can continue throughout the lifetime. Furthermore, these difficulties may affect not only the victims of childhood maltreatment but their children, as well, creating a cycle that has recently been referred to as “intergenerational trauma.” One specific factor, emotion dysregulation, may play a significant role in this cycle. This study aimed to build on a recently published theoretical model of the intergenerational transmission of emotion dysregulation by examining the extent to which distress tolerance plays a role in the relationship between maternal caregivers’ experience of childhood maltreatment and later emotion dysregulation in their children. This study utilized Qualtrics to administer an online survey to maternal caregivers ages 18 and above of children ages 17 and under. The study assessed reported frequency of childhood maltreatment experience, distress tolerance levels, and emotion dysregulation levels of both the maternal caregivers and their children.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Childhood Maltreatment, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Intergenerational Trauma
Developmental psychology
Child abuse
Psychic trauma
Emotional Regulation
Mother and child

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