Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 231–242 | Cite as

Maternal Childhood Sexual Trauma and Child Conduct Problems

  • B. J. ZvaraEmail author
  • R. Mills-Koonce
  • K. Appleyard Carmody
  • M. Cox
  • The Family Life Project Key Investigators
Original Article


This study examines multiple pathways by which maternal childhood sexual trauma may be related to the behavioral development of children. Propensity score matching procedures were used to create matched groups (total n = 204) of mothers who retroactively did and did not self-report childhood sexual trauma in a longitudinal sample of families living in poor, rural communities. Using structural equation modeling, maternal characteristics and behaviors were examined as potential mediators of the relationship between maternal histories of childhood sexual trauma and children’s conduct problems. After controlling for numerous socio-demographic factors, analyses indicate that maternal depressive symptoms, intimate partner violence, and maternal parenting were significant mediators and highlight the lasting impact of childhood sexual trauma on victims and their children.


Childhood sexual trauma Conduct problems Parenting Maternal depressive symptoms Intimate partner violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Zvara
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Mills-Koonce
    • 2
  • K. Appleyard Carmody
    • 3
  • M. Cox
    • 1
  • The Family Life Project Key Investigators
  1. 1.The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.The University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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