Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Dr. Matthew Price
childhood maltreatment, social support, COVID-19, depression, anxiety, PTSD
Childhood maltreatment places individuals at greater risk for developing psychopathology in adulthood. Social support has been shown to moderate mental health outcomes. The Coronavirus of 2019 (COVID-19) resulted in a pandemic that created an environment that increased isolation through quarantine rules, therefore decreasing opportunities to socialize and receive social support. The relationship between social support, the perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, depression, anxiety, and PTSD during the first year of the pandemic was explored in a sample of young adults with and without childhood maltreatment. It was hypothesized that social support and the perceived impact of the pandemic moderated changes in psychopathology symptoms in a cohort of young adults with a history of childhood maltreatment. Results showed significant increases in both depression and PTSD symptoms at the start of the pandemic. No significant moderation effects were found for social support or the perceived impact of the pandemic.
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Majerske, Sophia K., "The Moderating Effects of Perceived Social Support and Perceived Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Psychopathology Symptoms in Young Adults with a History of Childhood Maltreatment" (2023). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 570.