Overwhelmed by Emotion

Pathways from Revictimization to Mothers’ Negative Emotional Responsivity

Christina Gamache Martin, Hyoun Kyoung Kim, Jennifer J. Freyd

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Abstract

Maternal history of childhood abuse has consistently been linked to increased risk for poor emotional adjustment and parenting as an adult. The aim of this study was to examine a model that may explain the link between maternal history of childhood abuse and mothers’ tendencies to respond negatively to their adolescent children's negative emotions. A community sample of 66 mothers with adolescent children participated. Path analysis supported associations between mothers with a history of high betrayal trauma revictimization (i.e., trauma perpetrated by someone close to the mother during childhood and again as a young adult) and increased difficulty regulating their emotions. In turn, mothers who struggled to regulate their own emotions were also more likely to respond negatively to their adolescent's negative emotions. Findings highlight effects of childhood trauma may be particularly problematic for mothers who are revictimized as young adults. These results provide the foundation for future research evaluating clinical interventions targeted at increasing maternal emotion regulation skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-959
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Process
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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Emotions
emotion
Mothers
childhood
trauma
adolescent
young adult
abuse
Young Adult
path analysis
Wounds and Injuries
Parenting
history
community

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Martin, Christina Gamache ; Kim, Hyoun Kyoung ; Freyd, Jennifer J. / Overwhelmed by Emotion : Pathways from Revictimization to Mothers’ Negative Emotional Responsivity. In: Family Process. 2018 ; Vol. 57, No. 4. pp. 947-959.
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