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Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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Childhood Trauma and Adult Interpersonal Functioning: A Study Using the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Method (CCRT)
Drapeau, M.; Perry, J.C.
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, v28 n10 p1049-1066 Oct 2004
Objective: This study aimed to examine the long-term correlates of childhood trauma in regard to interpersonal functioning in adulthood. Method: One hundred and nineteen (N=119) subjects from the Austen Riggs Follow-along Study were included in the study. The Traumatic Antecedent Interview scoring method was used to assess 10 types of childhood trauma. Two additional positive variables were also assessed. Interpersonal patterns in adulthood were assessed using the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Method. Results: Subjects reporting childhood physical abuse had a higher prevalence of the wish to be hurt, and experienced others as strict and stern. Those reporting physical neglect had a higher prevalence of the need to be comforted. Subjects who had experienced significant separations during childhood later felt less self-confident in interpersonal situations. Results also showed that subjects who had access to a caretaker/confidant had less need for love. A number of additional findings were nominally significant but did not remain so after correction for multiple comparisons. Conclusions: The findings indicate that internalized thoughts and affects regarding childhood traumatic events may still play a role long after the time period of the events. Results also suggest that a continuous measurement approach to the study of traumata may provide information not captured by a dichotomous approach.
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