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


  • Festinger, Trudy
  • Baker, Amy


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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  • Festinger, Trudy & Baker, Amy, 2010. "Prevalence of recalled childhood emotional abuse among child welfare staff and related well-being factors," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 520-526, April.
  • 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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    1. Baker, Amy J.L. & Festinger, Trudy, 2011. "Emotional abuse and emotional neglect subscales of the CTQ: Associations with each other, other measures of psychological maltreatment, and demographic variables," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(11), pages 2297-2302.
    2. Fakunmoju, Sunday B. & Bammeke, Funmi O., 2013. "Propensity to perpetrate abusive behaviors: Internet survey of the role of gender, childhood maltreatment, and perception of maltreatment in Nigeria," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 725-733.


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