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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jill D. Stinson

Committee Members

Alyson Chroust, Jon Ellis


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are related to a variety of detrimental outcomes, including psychopathology and criminal activity. Adolescents and other youth who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors are a high-risk population in which ACEs are exceptionally common and interrelated. However, the experiences of adversity faced by these youth are not homogenous, and exploring further aspects and details of ACEs may assist in better understanding the etiology of problematic outcomes such as psychopathology and criminal activity in these populations. The deleterious impact of polyvictimization may be one facet of adversity worth considering, as the persistence of maltreatment, presence of multiple perpetrators, and relationship to perpetrator(s) have been linked to poorer outcomes. Regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between ACEs and psychopathology and criminal activity in a sample of adolescents who have engaged in problematic sexual behavior. Incorporating facets of polyvictimization better explained several of such outcomes.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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