Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Childhood Trauma, BDSM, and Self-Esteem: An Exploration of the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Sexual Behavior and the Effects to Self-Esteem
by Polepally Ashok, Gautami, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2018, 108; 10786247
Abstract (Summary)

BDSM includes a variety of acronyms: Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadism and Masochism, and is rooted in sane, safe, and consensual sex. The understanding that BDSM is abnormal or deviant is rooted in the notion that sexual pleasure derived from unconventional methods is pathological, and is a manifestation of childhood trauma and/or poor adjustment to society. This additionally translates to the notion that one who engages in consensual non-conventional sexual behavior has poor self-esteem. The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of childhood trauma among individuals who practice BDSM and how this relates to their self-esteem. The exploratory study used a questionnaire including demographic data, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Self Report (CTQ-SR; Bernstein & Fink, 1998) to determine the presence of childhood trauma, including physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse and Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) to determine the degree of self-esteem. A comparison was made between individuals who self-identified as practicing BDSM and those who do not. The research questions were as follows: Does childhood trauma, including physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse differ based on engagement in BDSM? Does self-esteem differ based on engagement in BDSM among individuals with a history of childhood trauma? Does self-esteem differ based on engagement in BDSM among individuals with no history of childhood trauma? A MANOVA and factorial analysis was used to analyze the data.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yerke, Adam
Commitee: Kung, Eric, Williams, Sammie
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Forensic Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 80/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: BDSM, Childhood trauma, Self esteem, Sexual behavior, Sexual deviance
Publication Number: 10786247
ISBN: 9780438465923
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