Project Title

Childhood Trauma and the Effect on Psychological Disorders in Adulthood

Presenter Hometown

Richmond

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Osbaldiston, Richard

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Abstract

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 47% of children experience some type of childhood trauma in the United States. Will this trauma affect them into adulthood? The purpose of this project is to answer the question, does childhood trauma affect psychological disorders in adults? For this meta-analysis we located 21 studies that measured the relationship between childhood trauma and psychological disorders in adults. We examined traumas ranging between physical, sexual, and emotional and their correlations to personality and mood disorders. The overall weighted average correlation between childhood trauma and personality and mood disorders was r =.40, which is a moderate to strong effect size. The two strongest variables were physical abuse and depression. Childhood trauma influences the likelihood of having personality and mood disorders in adulthood. (words: 126)

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 47% of children experience some type of childhood trauma in the United States. Will this trauma affect them into adulthood? The purpose of this project is to answer the question, does childhood trauma affect psychological disorders in adults? For this meta-analysis, we located 21 studies that measured the relationship between childhood trauma and psychological disorders in adults. We examined the relationship between the five primary types of traumas and the development of personality and mood disorders. The overall weighted average correlation between childhood trauma and personality and mood disorders was r = .40, which is a moderate to strong effect size. The strongest relationship was between physical abuse and depression. From these results, we conclude that childhood trauma influences the likelihood of having personality and mood disorders in adulthood.

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Childhood Trauma and the Effect on Psychological Disorders in Adulthood

Abstract

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 47% of children experience some type of childhood trauma in the United States. Will this trauma affect them into adulthood? The purpose of this project is to answer the question, does childhood trauma affect psychological disorders in adults? For this meta-analysis we located 21 studies that measured the relationship between childhood trauma and psychological disorders in adults. We examined traumas ranging between physical, sexual, and emotional and their correlations to personality and mood disorders. The overall weighted average correlation between childhood trauma and personality and mood disorders was r =.40, which is a moderate to strong effect size. The two strongest variables were physical abuse and depression. Childhood trauma influences the likelihood of having personality and mood disorders in adulthood. (words: 126)

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 47% of children experience some type of childhood trauma in the United States. Will this trauma affect them into adulthood? The purpose of this project is to answer the question, does childhood trauma affect psychological disorders in adults? For this meta-analysis, we located 21 studies that measured the relationship between childhood trauma and psychological disorders in adults. We examined the relationship between the five primary types of traumas and the development of personality and mood disorders. The overall weighted average correlation between childhood trauma and personality and mood disorders was r = .40, which is a moderate to strong effect size. The strongest relationship was between physical abuse and depression. From these results, we conclude that childhood trauma influences the likelihood of having personality and mood disorders in adulthood.