Delineating the maladaptive pathways of child maltreatment: A mediated moderation analysis of the roles of self-perception and social support
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The current study investigated concurrent and longitudinal mediated and mediated moderation pathways among maltreatment, self-perception (i.e., loneliness and self-esteem), social support, and internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. For both genders, early childhood maltreatment (i.e., ages 0-6) was related directly to internalizing and externalizing behavior problems at age 6, and later maltreatment (i.e., ages 6-8) was directly related to internalizing and externalizing behavior problems at age 8. Results of concurrent mediation and mediated moderation indicated that early maltreatment was significantly related to internalizing and externalizing behavior problems at age 6 indirectly both through age 6 loneliness and self-esteem for boys and through age 6 loneliness for girls. Significant moderation of the pathway from early maltreatment to self-esteem, and for boys, significant mediated moderation to emotional and behavioral problems were found, such that the mediated effect through self-esteem varied across levels of social support, though in an unexpected direction. No significant longitudinal mediation or mediated moderation was found, however, between the age 6 mediators and moderator and internalizing or externalizing problems at age 8. The roles of the hypothesized mediating and moderating mechanisms are discussed, with implications for designing intervention and prevention programs.
Subjectitem response theory
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1017/S095457941000009X
CitationAppleyard,Karen;Yang,Chongming;Runyan,Desmond K.. 2010. Delineating the maladaptive pathways of child maltreatment: A mediated moderation analysis of the roles of self-perception and social support. Development and psychopathology 22(2): 337-352.
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Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD, serves as the Director of Early Childhood Prevention Programs for the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH). She is a licensed psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her clinical and research expertise is in infant mental health, child-parent attachment, early childhood trauma and maltreatment, and evidence-based practices to address these issues. She is a co-Principal Investigator on CCFH’s SA