Impact of Childhood Adversity on Self-Concept & Quality of Peer Relationships in Adolescence

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Title: Impact of Childhood Adversity on Self-Concept & Quality of Peer Relationships in Adolescence
Author: Smith, Lauren Christine
Abstract: Experiences of childhood adversity have been found to be related to maladjustment in multiple aspects of mental health and development . The current study examined the impact of childhood adversity (separation /loss of caretaker , illness /injury /non -caretaker loss , physical neglect , physical abuse , emotional abuse , witnessing violence , and sexual abuse ) on self -concept and quality of peer relationships in 68 adolescents , aged 12 to 18 , with various histories of adversity . Specifically , self -concept was examined as a mediator between a history of adversity in childhood and the quality of peer relationships during adolescence . The findings suggested that self -concept during adolescence was a better predictor of the quality of peer relationships during adolescence than one's history of adversity . These results have implications for understanding resilience in children with experiences of adversity , particularly that they are not "doomed" to poor quality relationships with their peers during adolescence .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /510
Date: 2009-09-04

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Impact of Childhood Adversity on Self-Concept & Quality of Peer Relationships in Adolescence. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /510 .

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