Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Margaret A. Kennedy

Second Committee Member

Melissa Rorie

Third Committee Member

William Sousa

Fourth Committee Member

Patricia Cook-Craig

Number of Pages



Childhood abuse and intimate partner abuse (IPA) are serious issues in the United States This study examines the correlation between emotional childhood abuse and IPA. Anyone regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status may be a victim of childhood abuse or IPA. One in seven children are victims of childhood abuse, which results in a lifetime cost of $428 billion. The costs of IPA are even higher and estimated by the CDC (2020) to be near $3.6 trillion as 25% of women and 20% of men have been victims of IPA. Previous research has found a connection between childhood maltreatment and IPA. Little of this research has focused on emotional childhood abuse. Using self-reported data from 757 college students, the current study analyzed the relationship between those who reported high levels of childhood abuse and their involvement in IPA Findings revealed a connection between Childhood Emotional Abuse (CEA) and IPA. A history of CEA was significantly related to the likelihood one would perpetrate moderate physical assault against partners. Also, a history of CEA was significantly related to experiencing severe physiological aggression in adult relationships.


Childhood Abuse; Domestic Violence; Intimate Partner Abuse; Social Learning Theory; Victimization


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

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2500 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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