Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

6 p.

Publication Date

2-2000

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Source ISSN

0735-7028

Abstract

Parental alcoholism, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of child maltreatment are generally viewed as contributing to adult adjustment problems. The long-term effects of these various factors, however, are actually not well understood. The present study found that the largest amount of variance in 255 college students' psychological distress was explained by parental emotional abuse and neglect, with child sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, and other factors explaining additional but smaller amounts of variance in distress. This suggests that comprehensive conceptualizations of family influences on development will result in a more complete understanding of long-term adjustment outcomes than merely focusing on particular childhood risk factors.

Comments

Accepted version. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 31, No. 1 (February 2000): 54-69. DOI. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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