The Role of Child Abuse and Neglect in Predicting the Early Maladaptive Schemas Domain


mohammad narimani 1 , * , Mansour Mahmoodi-Aghdam 1 , Abbas Abolghasemi 1

1 Department of Psychology, Mohaghegh Ardebili University, Ardabil, Iran

How to Cite: narimani M, Mahmoodi-Aghdam M, Abolghasemi A. The Role of Child Abuse and Neglect in Predicting the Early Maladaptive Schemas Domain, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2012 ; 14(10):e93171.


Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 14 (10); e93171
Published Online: October 24, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 30, 2011
Accepted: September 04, 2011


Background : The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of child abuse and neglect in predicting the early maladaptive schemas domains.
Materials and Methods : This is a causal-comparative research. Sampling was performed using multistage clustering and simple random sampling methods. 500 individuals constituted the preliminary sample. After identifying 140 abused individuals, they were compared to 140 ordinary persons. In order to collect the data, the 53-item version of Bernstein Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ), and Yang Schema Questionnaire : Short Form 2 (YSQ-SF2) were used. To analyze the data, multivariate regression coefficient enter method was deployed.
Results: Results showed that about 24% of the variance of the disconnection and rejection maladaptive schema domain, as well as 12% of the variance of the impaired autonomy and performance maladaptive schema domain were explained by the emotional abuse, physical abuse, and physical neglect. 13% of the other-directedness maladaptive schema domain variance, 6% of the impaired limits maladaptive schema domain, and 5% of the overvigilance and inhibition maladaptive schema domain variance were explained by the emotional abuse.
Conclusion : According to the findings, it can be concluded that one could predict schemas and their respective domains with regards to abused children. Abused children are likely to develop maladaptive schemas and cognitive distortions due to the dull and harsh atmosphere of the family and its unhealthy environment.


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