MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Patricia E. Roberstson
James R. Bitter, Patty Wahlberg
The purpose of this integrated review of literature was to explore the relationship between and among females in abusive relationships, self-esteem, and positive self-talk. Various models are discussed that provide possible explanations in the understanding of the complex social and psychological nature of cyclic abuse. These models are: learned helplessness, psychological entrapment, self-verification theory, and feminist theory. It is suggested that positive self-talk statements used by the female survivor as a basis for cognitive restructuring can act as a self-esteem building technique, thus promoting healthier cognitions over time. Furthermore, it is argued that self-esteem enhancement can assist females in developing strengths necessary to abandon abusive relationships. In summary, a review of the literature suggests that self-esteem is an important construct in understanding how individuals evaluate and ultimately determine their own sense of competency, self-worth, and success.
Thesis - Open Access
Teaster, Fred Jackson III, "Positive Self-Talk Statements as a Self-Esteem Building Technique among Female Survivors of Abuse." (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 975. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/975
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