The Long Arm of Trauma During Childhood: Associations with Resources in Couple Relationships
couple relationships, childhood trauma, childhood
Traumatic experiences within and outside the family of origin in childhood may disrupt couple functioning later in life. Using a sample of 3,958 couples assessed through the Relationship Evaluation Questionnaire (RELATE), an actor–partner independence model was fit to test direct and indirect associations between negative impact from one's family of origin (accounting for physical violence and sexual abuse) and resources in couple relationships. Resources were defined using intervention principles derived from the Conservation of Resources (COR) theory. Actor and partner effects suggested negative family impact associates with relationship instability and is mediated through negative couple communication. Actor effects suggested negative family impact associates with less calmness in one's self and is also mediated through negative couple communication.
Original Publication Citation
Banford Witting, A.,& Busby, D. (2018).The long arm of trauma in childhood: Associations with resources in couple relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12354
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Witting, Alyssa Banford and Busby, Dean, "The Long Arm of Trauma During Childhood: Associations with Resources in Couple Relationships" (2018). All Faculty Publications. 2492.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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