Journal of Emotional Abuse (J Emot Abuse )


The interdisciplinary Journal of Emotional Abuse provides a forum for interaction among practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in mental health, social services, law, child development, social and industrial systems, education, child protection, religion, medicine, nursing, and business. Since emotional abuse is only now emerging as a field of concern, part of the function of this journal will be to facilitate a growing understanding in the field. The journal seeks, in each issue, to provide coverage across multiple areas of maltreatment (i.e., in different settings or for different age groups). The editorial board of the Journal of Emotional Abuse (JEA) consists of 50 psychologists, sociologists, criminal justice and social workers, physicians, nurses, attorneys, clinicians, and practitioners who have experience in the diagnosis, treatment, legal intervention, research, or prevention of emotional abuse. As an interdisciplinary journal, JEA will provide professionals from many fields with up-to-date, readily readable information regarding definitions, theories, research, interventions, and policies concerning emotional abuse as it evolves. Authors from the many disciplines concerned with emotional maltreatment are encouraged to submit articles for publication consideration. Examples of topics to be published include, but are not limited to: empirical research of psychological maltreatment, types and effects of emotional maltreatment--humilating and shaming behaviors, theoretical and conceptual models, reviews that have theoretical or practical implications, commentaries and case studies, evaluations of effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs, types of intervention and treatment programs, incidence studies in various settings, accounts of treatment programs for psychological abuse, assessment of dimensions and severity of maltreatment and emotional abuse, descriptions of circumstances of maltreatment and emotional abuse, effects of exposure to family violence or other human aggression, consequences of abuse for victims, characteristics of perpetrators, perpetrating systems, or policies.

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    ABSTRACT: This pilot study compared 43 Guatemalan children who were working and going to school with another 43 socioeconomically similar children who were in school but were not enrolled in the labor force. The children were assessed using the Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory, the Child Depression Inventory (CDI), and several open-ended questions during a face-to-face interview. Results showed that, although the group of working children evidenced lower self-esteem and a higher level of depression, the only statistically significant difference was on negative self-esteem, one of the subscales of the CDI. The results could guide the development of interventions programs for working children.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2008; 8(3):325-333.
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    ABSTRACT: Previous research has indicated that childhood maltreatment is an important risk factor for the development of depressive disorders. However, few longitudinal studies have investigated the associations of emotional abuse with depressive symptoms. The present study investigated the association of emotional abuse with subsequent depressive symptoms and hopelessness among adolescent primary care patients. Measures of emotional maltreatment, hopelessness, and depressive symptoms were administered to a multisite sample of 92 adolescent primary-care patients. Hopelessness and depressive symptoms were assessed 3 months later. Reports of childhood emotional abuse were associated with elevated levels of hopelessness and depressive symptoms. Hopelessness significantly mediated the association of emotional abuse with depressive symptoms.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2008; 8(3):281-298.
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    ABSTRACT: Compared with urban settings, much less is known about the prevalence and correlates of elder abuse in rural areas. The purposes of this study were to: (1) examine the prevalence of elder domestic part ner violence and (2) estimate the prevalence of elder abuse reported and inflicted by men and women and to identify factors associated with elder domestic partner violence. A secondary data analyses was completed for 362 cohabitating partners who were participants in a population-based, prospective study. Based on results of the Conflict Tactics Scale, 32% of the cohabiting participants reported emotional abuse and 2% reported physical abuse. Significant risk factors of reported emotional abuse were having depressive symptoms, higher antisocial personality score, and not living in a town.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2007; 7(4):115-134.
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    ABSTRACT: The present study investigated the relationship between self-reported history of child abuse, neglect, and codependency in a sample of undergraduate nursing students. One hundred and two upper-division nursing students attending a medium-sized regional public university in the Southeast completed a four-part questionnaire containing the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ), the Psychological Maltreatment Inventory (PMI) and the Codependency Assessment Tool (CODAT). Correlations were computed. All forms of childhood abuse and neglect measured by the CTQ and PMI were significantly related to total codependency score. The strongest relationships overall were found between reported history of emotional neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and codependency.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2007; 7(1):37-50.
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    ABSTRACT: Batterers often threaten or harm pets in order to intimidate and control their female partners. Yet, there is little research on harm to pets as an aspect of emotional abuse. To address this gap, this article reviews what is known about the emotional impact of pet abuse on battered women. The research findings support Adams' theory that pet abuse inflicts psychological trauma on women, causes suffering and sometimes death to animals, and injures the relationship between women and their pets. To understand the impact of pet abuse in detail, future research should assess the attachment between battered women and their pets and follow the trajectory and mental health consequences of the women's relationships with their pets.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2007; 7(1):51-70.
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2006; 6(2-3):219-228.
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    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2006; 6(2-3):241-263.
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known about bullying in Taiwan. This study investigated school bullying and its relation to parenting in 325 junior high school students (13 to 16 years) in Taiwan. The study examined (1) the prevalence of bullying, (2) the reactions of bystanders, and (3) the relationship between parents' authoritarian, authoritative, and overprotective parenting practices and their children's bullying. The results suggest that bullying is a prevalent problem in Taiwanese adolescents, and that it may be similar to bullying in Japan (ijime). In addition, relationships between parenting styles and bullying were found. The results highlight the importance of understanding family and school influences on bullying within a culture, and implications for the development of interventions are discussed.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2006; 6(4):69-90.
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    ABSTRACT: Parentification is a term commonly used to refer to role reversal in the parent-child relationship wherein parents rely upon their children for emotional support. The construct has been discussed widely within the context of divorce as a parenting behavior likely to place children at risk for poor outcomes; however, rigorous empirical examination of parentification following divorce remains sparse. The present paper provides a new framework for considering parental support seeking, suggesting that the process of family restructuring may blur specific parent-child boundaries related to intimacy and power. We elaborate on this model as a mechanism for integrating family systems and developmental psychopathology perspectives and as a framework within which to conduct future research on parentification. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2005; 5(2-3):67-84.
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated antecedents of early triadic family interaction patterns characterized by boundary disturbances between parents and their toddlers. Parents' memories of involving/role-reversed experiences with their own parents, and parents' current representations of attachment relationships, were assessed when they were expecting their first child, and their caregiving interactions were assessed when their infant was eight months old. Two types of boundary disturbance patterns were identified from triadic interactions observed when children were 24 months old: enmeshed, in which a parent uses guilt-inducing, coy or helpless behavior to “pull in” the child to meet his or her needs, and controlling, in which a parent uses more power-assertive tactics. Results indicate that enmeshed boundary disturbances were predicted primarily by fathers' memories of having involving, role-reversed relationships with their own mothers, and by fathers' hostile and role-reversed infant caregiving patterns. In contrast, controlling boundary disturbances were predicted primarily by mothers' current mental representations of attachment. Implications of these data for understanding different pathways to family boundary disturbances are discussed.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2005; 5(2/3):85-110.
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    ABSTRACT: Beginning with a historical examination of the definition and study of psychological trauma, this article places trauma and abuse within a relational theoretical context to explore new understandings that can arise from this framework. Working within this framework and stressing the power of cultural narratives, the paper highlights the delegitimization of emotions and emotional pain and explores the ways in which a widespread failure of empathy contributes to a lack of understanding with regard to the validity of emotional trauma. The paper suggests that because evidence of suffering must often be in a physical form, mirroring early understandings of the causes of trauma, the tendency to rely on the courts for direction only serves to further undermine the credibility of emotional pain. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):177-196.
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    ABSTRACT: Current literature suggests that women with a history of childhood maltreatment are troubled by multiple, varied, and vague physical symptoms. The purpose of this study was to test a causal theoretical model that identifies the relationships among childhood maltreatment, chronic stress, and the health status of women seeking primary care. Survey design was used with a sample of 159 women, ages 18–88, who were seeking primary health care. Subjects completed four measures of childhood trauma and health. Forty-seven percent of the women reported a history of moderate or severe childhood maltreatment. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the hypothesized relationships among the variables. Emotional abuse predicted physical abuse, sexual abuse, and current trauma symptoms. Current trauma symptoms, in turn, were moderately predictive of perceived general health and strongly predictive of perceived mental health and physical symptoms. Subjects who experienced physical neglect or emotional neglect or abuse, with or without physical or sexual abuse, differed significantly from those who had not experienced physical neglect or emotional neglect or abuse. These two groups of subjects differed on trauma symptoms and perceived general and mental health. Primary health care professionals need to address issues of both childhood contact abuse and childhood emotional abuse. Interventions by mental health professionals should aim to assist women to resolve issues related to childhood maltreatment in order to positively affect their general and physical health.
    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(1):39-59.
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):151-175.
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):119-138.
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):225-239.
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):71-79.
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    Journal of Emotional Abuse 01/2004; 4(3-4):81-93.

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