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

Dana Lasri*, Golan Shahar

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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 (Ns = 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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)289-311
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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