Memory, maternal representations, and internalizing symptomatology among abused, neglected, and nonmaltreated children

Kristin Valentino, Dante Cicchetti, Fred A. Rogosch, Sheree L. Toth

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Abstract

A depth-of-processing incidental recall task for maternal-referent stimuli was utilized to assess basic memory processes and the affective valence of maternal representations among abused (N = 63), neglected (N = 33), and nonmaltreated (N = 128) school-aged children (ages 8-13.5 years old). Self-reported and observer-rated indices of internalizing symptoms were also assessed. Abused children demonstrated impairments in recall compared to neglected and nonmaltreated children. Although abused, neglected, and nonmaltreated children did not differ in valence of maternal representations, positive and negative maternal schemas related to internalizing symptoms differently among subgroups of maltreated children. Valence of maternal schema was critical in differentiating those with high and low internalizing symptomatology among the neglected children only. Implications for clinical intervention and prevention efforts are underscored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-719
Number of pages15
JournalChild development
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

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