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The Relationship Between Childhood Emotional Maltreatment and Adult Depressive Symptoms: The Mediating Effect of Cognitive Vulnerabilities and Experiential Avoidance

  • Clinical Psychology in Korea: Research and Practice
  • 2019, 5(2), pp.135-151
  • DOI : 10.15842/CPKJOURNAL.PUB.5.2.135
  • Publisher : Korean Clinical Psychology Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Clinical Psychology
  • Received : December 3, 2018
  • Accepted : February 1, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

Rak Gyeong Kim 1 KIM, EUN JUNG 2

1성안드레아병원 임상심리과
2아주대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study examined if the relationship between childhood emotional maltreatment and adult depressive symptoms in college students was mediated by cognitive vulnerabilities and experiential avoidance. A total of 325 college students completed questionnaires to assess childhood emotional maltreatment, cognitive vulnerability, experiential avoidance, and depression. Results indicated that cognitive vulnerability and experiential avoidance mediated the relationship between childhood emotional maltreatment and depressive symptoms. In addition, a full-mediation model demonstrated a better model fit than a partial-mediation model. These findings suggest the importance of focusing intervention on the development of internal experience acceptance capacity, as well as on cognitive vulnerabilites. The limitations of the study and future directions were discussed.

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