Psychosocial resources and associations between childhood physical abuse and adult well-being.

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

PubMedID: 20427461

Pitzer LM, Fingerman KL. Psychosocial resources and associations between childhood physical abuse and adult well-being. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2010;65(4):425-33.
Childhood physical abuse is often associated with detrimental physical and psychological consequences in adulthood. Yet, some adults appear to overcome effects of very severe parental physical abuse in childhood. This study considered whether psychosocial resources (i. e. , emotional and instrumental support, personal control) explain variability in well-being for adults who experienced childhood physical abuse by their parents. PARTICIPANTS
included 2,711 adults aged 25-74 years from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS I) study.Moderation models revealed that high levels of personal control were associated with better physical and psychological functioning among adults who were physically abused as children. Thus, personal control may be a key factor to health and well-being and thus resilient functioning following childhood abuse.