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Prevalence of recalled childhood emotional abuse among child welfare staff and related well-being factors

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  • Festinger, Trudy
  • Baker, Amy
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    This study examined 1) the prevalence of childhood emotional abuse retrospectively recalled by child welfare personnel, and 2) the relationship between emotional abuse and three measures of current well-being. Child welfare agency staff (n = 253) completed the emotional abuse subscale of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, as well as published scales measuring self-esteem, satisfaction with life, and sense of social support. Findings included a roughly 30% rate of recalled emotional abuse. Among associated factors that were examined, emotional abuse level was most strongly related to lower self-esteem, lower satisfaction with life, and lower sense of social support. Implications for agency practice are discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 520-526

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:32:y:2010:i:4:p:520-526
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    1. Regehr, Cheryl & Hemsworth, David & Leslie, Bruce & Howe, Phillip & Chau, Shirley, 2004. "Predictors of post-traumatic distress in child welfare workers: a linear structural equation model," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 331-346, April.
    2. Ellett, Alberta J., 2009. "Intentions to remain employed in child welfare: The role of human caring, self-efficacy beliefs, and professional organizational culture," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 78-88, January.
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