Self-criticism mediates the link between childhood emotional maltreatment and young adults' romantic relationships Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • We examined the mediating role of self-criticism in the link between childhood emotional maltreatment and impairments in young adults' romantic relationships. In two studies, undergraduates (N s= 91 and 99) reported childhood emotional maltreatment, self-concept and personality (self-criticism, dependency, self-efficacy, and dissociation), romantic relationship quality, and psychological distress (general BSI psychopathology and PTSD severity). Consistent with hypotheses, self-criticism mediated the associations between childhood emotional maltreatment and impairment in romantic relationships, even in the presence of a host of personality and psychopathology variables.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012