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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Amanda Evans

A. Renee Staton

Lennis Echterling


Our earliest interactions in life lay the foundation of how we relate to ourselves and others throughout adulthood. When a child experiences abuse and neglect that is relational in nature, referred to as interpersonal childhood trauma, research shows that they are at a much higher risk to display emotional difficulties that have been found to contribute to extensive health consequences throughout the lifespan. Less has been documented however regarding exactly how this kind of trauma influences emotional development. The purpose of this paper is to explore the current research that exists on the relationship between interpersonal childhood trauma and emotional development in adulthood. In evaluation of eight peer-reviewed articles on this topic, it is proposed that interpersonal childhood trauma has the potential to impair one’s capacity to regulate emotions, thus leading to greater difficulties in adulthood.



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