CUP Undergraduate Research


Poly-Victimization and Delinquency Behaviors: Consequences of Childhood Trauma

Date of Award

Spring 4-1-2018

Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis


College of Arts & Sciences



Degree Name

Psychology, BA

First Advisor

Reed Mueller, Ph.D.


In this secondary analysis study of Developmental Victimization Survey (DVS) data, interactions between childhood poly-victimizations, delinquency behaviors, and trauma symptoms were examined to discover if poly-victimization had a predictive relationship with both adverse responses, in comparison to non-poly-victimization, when mediated by socioeconomic status (SES). Victimizations were operationalized based on low to moderate levels of severity, excluding highly severe victimizations. This focus was meant to explore the idea that less severe victimizations may cause harmful effects for children and that those effects may lead to further trauma, as mediated. Mediation analyses were divided by age groups and results showed that there is a moderately significant SES-mediated relationship between specified victimizations, delinquency behaviors, and trauma symptoms for teens. A slightly significant SES-mediated relationship between poly-victimization and trauma symptoms for children was also noted.

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