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The effects of verbal abuse on adolescent males: An attachment theory perspective


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This study addresses the effects of parental verbal abuse during childhood and adolescence on the lives of adult males. This subject is addressed and discussed from the perspective of attachment theory. One hundred and fifty-three males over the age of 18 participated in this study. These participants were primarily from Northern California. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, Conflict Tactic Scale, Attachment Style Questionnaire, Beck's Scale for Suicidal Ideation, Shame scale from the Harder Personal Feelings Questionnaire, Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, and the UCLA Loneliness Scale-Version 3. Results showed that verbal abuse by the mother or by both mother and father is significantly related to attachment issues in adulthood. The results further demonstrated that verbal abuse by the mother only or by both parents resulted in higher levels of loneliness, depression, shame, and more significant histories of previous suicide attempts. The statistical significance of the verbal abuse from both mom and dad may be attributed to the verbal abuse by mom only. The clinical implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Developmental psychology;
Psychotherapy
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0620: Developmental psychology
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Abuse; Adolescent; Attachment; Boys; Verbal abuse
Title
The effects of verbal abuse on adolescent males: An attachment theory perspective
Author
Boyd, John William
Number of pages
67
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
1435
Source
DAI-B 68/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
O'Toole, Siobhan
University/institution
Alliant International University, Fresno
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3252357
ProQuest document ID
304703489
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304703489
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