Maternal Childhood Sexual Trauma and Child Conduct Problems


Journal Article

© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York. This study examines multiple pathways by which maternal childhood sexual trauma may be related to the behavioral development of children. Propensity score matching procedures were used to create matched groups (total n = 204) of mothers who retroactively did and did not self-report childhood sexual trauma in a longitudinal sample of families living in poor, rural communities. Using structural equation modeling, maternal characteristics and behaviors were examined as potential mediators of the relationship between maternal histories of childhood sexual trauma and children’s conduct problems. After controlling for numerous socio-demographic factors, analyses indicate that maternal depressive symptoms, intimate partner violence, and maternal parenting were significant mediators and highlight the lasting impact of childhood sexual trauma on victims and their children.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zvara, BJ; Mills-Koonce, R; Carmody, KA; Cox, M; The Family Life Project Key Investigators,

Published Date

  • February 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 231 - 242

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-7482

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10896-016-9876-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus