Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Kristin Croyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Frederick A. Ernst

Third Advisor

Dr. Darrin L. Rogers


The current study examines the prevalence rates of child multi-type maltreatment and adult revictimization among Hispanic women who have witnessed domestic violence and/or experienced sexual abuse or physical abuse as children. A sample of two hundred-forty-three undergraduate, Hispanic, female students completed measures of events occurring in childhood and adulthood, sexual experiences, substance use, acculturation status, and family characteristics. The results indicate that experiencing multiple forms of child abuse is fairly common, especially for women who report a history of child abuse. The results also suggest that experience of abuse as a child is significantly associated with experiencing physical or sexual assault in adulthood. Other risk factors that can influence the occurrence of multi-type maltreatment and adult revictimization are also discussed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons