Title

Parenting style moderates the relationship between childhood exposure to violence and sexually aggressive behavior in early adulthood

Author

Lisa Beck

Advisor

Jacquin, Kristine

Committee Member

McKinney, Cliff

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah

Date of Degree

8-1-2011

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

A relationship between childhood exposure to violence and the perpetration of sexual aggression in young adulthood has recently been established. In addition to replicating the relationship between these variables, this study also examined parenting style as a factor that may moderate this correlation. In this study, 903 college students completed an online survey assessing childhood exposure to violence, sexual aggression, and parenting variables. Childhood exposure to violence was correlated to the perpetration of sexual aggression in young adulthood. Also, the way in which individuals believed they were parented during childhood moderated the relationship between exposure to violence and sexual aggression. Both the optimal and affectionate constraint parenting styles significantly reduced correlations between exposure to violence and sexual aggression.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16382

Comments

parenting||childhood exposure to violence||sexual aggression

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