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It was suggested that individuals who experience a stressful childhood may have learned from these experiences and developed a greater ability to cope with stress as adults; this ability is independent of general self-esteem. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, a Childhood Traumatic Events Scale, the Coping Self-Efficacy Scale and a Stressful Events Questionnaire were completed by 64 participants. Comparing those who had traumatic childhood experiences with those who had not, the results showed no significant group differences for the Coping Scores. Those with traumatic childhoods had significantly lower self-esteem, and had experienced higher (but not significantly different) levels of stress during past week and also in general during past three months. It was concluded that childhood traumatic experiences have little or no observable influence on how adults cope with or respond to stressful events.
Ian Madfes, Ph.D.
Scholarly & Creative Works Conference, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kinney, Danielle, "Relationship of Stressful Childhood Experiences and Ability to Deal with Stress in Adulthood" (2017). Student Research Posters. 49.