Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adulthood Parenting: The Mediating Role of Intimate Partner Violence
This author examined the role of intimate partner victimization in mediating the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and adulthood parenting in a community sample of mothers receiving public assistance (N = 483). Participants were predominantly African American (82.7 percent). Using Baron and Kenny's (1986) method for establishing mediation, the author found that a recent history of intimate partner violence mediated the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and psychological aggression, but a lifetime history of intimate partner violence did not. Depressive symptomatology mediated the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and parental warmth. The impact of childhood sexual abuse on corporal punishment was indirect through its association with childhood physical abuse and witnessing domestic violence. The author discusses the implications for research, theory development, and practice. Modified Author Abstract.