Childhood maltreatment on young adult depression: A moderated mediation model of negative automatic thoughts and self-compassion

Xiang-Ling Hou, Xiao-Hua Bian, Zhi-Hong Zuo, Ju-Zhe Xi, Wei-Jun Ma, Laurence D. Owens

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Abstract

This study examines the mediating role of negative automatic thoughts on the link between childhood maltreatment and young adult depression, and the moderating role of self-compassion in this indirect link. College students (N = 578) completed self-report questionnaires assessing the mentioned study variables. The results showed that childhood maltreatment was positively associated with young adult depression via negative automatic thoughts. Moreover, self-compassion moderated this indirect link such that participants with low self-compassion demonstrated a stronger indirect link than those with high self-compassion. These findings highlight the important role of self-compassion in countering the adverse outcomes of childhood maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2552-2562
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume26
Issue number13
Early online date8 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • cognitive processing
  • depression
  • path analysis
  • trauma
  • youth

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