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Male Survivors of Childhood Maltreatment: Examining the Relationship between Self-Compassion and Psychological Well-Being

Tarber, Dominique Boone Male Survivors of Childhood Maltreatment: Examining the Relationship between Self-Compassion and Psychological Well-Being. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Current literature presents contrasting views on the effects of childhood maltreatment. These effects range from no negative impact in adulthood to the development of psychopathology or death by suicide (Vetteses, Dryer, Li, & Wekerle, 2011). In order to conceptualize these differing impacts, factors contributing to the development of negative symptoms have been explored. Sex (being male or female) has been identified as a contributing factor associated with an increase in negative symptoms following the experience of childhood maltreatment. Research indicates that being male may exacerbate negative symptoms following childhood maltreatment and results in a decreased sense of psychological well-being (Mejia, 2005). Self-compassion, however, has been suggested to aid in the improvement of psychological well-being and in the recovery from traumatic events (Neff, 2003a). Current literature on the influence of self-compassion on psychological well-being is quite limited, and even more so when examining the relationship between self-compassion and psychological well-being after having experienced childhood maltreatment. This study examined the relationship between self-compassion and psychological well-being among a sample of men who have and have not experienced childhood maltreatment.

Item Type: Dissertation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Laura Francis
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 14:55
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 15:19
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/170

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