College of Science & Mathematics
Haugh, Jim A.
This thesis explored the relationship between childhood adversity and depression course, and the influence of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS) and coping on this relationship. A sample of participants in a small-scale university study (n=100) provided information through retrospective assessment of adverse childhood experiences. Information through self-report assessment of coping style, Early Maladaptive Schema (EMS), and depressive symptoms was also obtained. Seventy-three percent of the sample reported experiencing at least one of the adversities assessed. Childhood adversity was a predictor of acute symptoms of depression, and general negative affect, indicating that experiencing childhood adversity leads to acute and chronic symptoms of depression in adulthood. Childhood adversity also predicted EMS, and maladaptive coping. There was no statistically significant difference in average reporting of adversity between males and females. The linear combination of childhood adversity subscales, EMS domains, and maladaptive coping styles predicted acute symptoms of anxiety and depression, and general positive and negative affect.
Childress, Jessica, "The relationship between childhood adversity and depression: The influence of schemas and coping style on depression course" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2849.