Childhood Trauma, Adult Psychosocial Stress, and the Mediating Effects of Alcohol Consumption

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Title: Childhood Trauma, Adult Psychosocial Stress, and the Mediating Effects of Alcohol Consumption
Author: Fielding, Sarah Katherine
Abstract: The present study examined the relationship between childhood trauma and adult psychosocial stress , and assessed for the potential mediating effects of alcohol consumption . Data were collected from 66 alcohol dependent men currently enrolled in residential drug and alcohol treatment . Participants completed interviews and questionnaires to assess for the experience of childhood trauma , chronic psychosocial stress experienced in the six months preceding treatment , and the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption . While the relationship the experience of childhood trauma and adult psychosocial stress was not found to be significant , the presence of a statistical trend was identified . Additionally , alcohol did not mediate the relationship between childhood trauma and adult psychosocial stress . While study hypotheses were not supported , significant relationships were identified between various domains childhood trauma and alcohol consumption . Major findings included significant positive correlations between a total measure of childhood trauma and the number of drinks and the number of drinks consumed per drinking day in the six months preceding treatment , and number of drinks consumed in the six months preceding treatment . Present findings expand upon existing literature by using continuous variables to assess both trauma and stress in an alcohol dependent population .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /941
Date: 2011-12-12

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Childhood Trauma, Adult Psychosocial Stress, and the Mediating Effects of Alcohol Consumption. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /941 .

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