Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Emotional Regulation as a Mediator of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Parental Reflective Functioning
by Rojas, Shannon, Ph.D., Alliant International University, 2021, 95; 27669537
Abstract (Summary)

The intergenerational transmission of trauma has deleterious effects on families (Kestenburg, 1981; Yehuda, 2018). This study aims to examine the role of emotional regulation and parental reflective functioning (PRF) in the transmission of trauma to discover the underlying mechanisms of trauma so that clinicians are able to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomena in order to provide targeted interventions. An online sample of 219 participants who were over 18 years of age and who identified as being a mother completed the survey. The survey included the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE), Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-18), and the Parental Reflective Functioning Questionnaire (PRFQ). What this study found are that the relationship between the ACE and PRFQ-IC was mediated by the DERS-18 (R = .273, R2 = .074, p = .000). These results indicate that clinicians may have success in treating the transmission of intergenerational trauma with interventions targeting emotional dysregulation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Durán, Ron
Commitee: Burrets, Molly, Conover, Kristin
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychobiology
Keywords: Adverse childhood experiences, Emotion regulation, Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, Interventions, Parenting, Treatment
Publication Number: 27669537
ISBN: 9781392626368
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