Social support: A mediator between child maltreatment and developmental outcomes

Elise N. Pepin, Victoria L. Banyard

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The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between child maltreatment, social support, and developmental outcomes in first-year college students. Participants were 202 undergraduate students (137 female, 65 male) who completed surveys at two time points: once before entering college and once during their first year of college. It was hypothesized that child maltreatment would predict poorer developmental outcomes in adolescence and early adulthood, but that social support would mediate this relationship. Results indicated that child maltreatment related negatively to developmental outcomes and to perceived social support; adolescent and young adult development related positively to perceived social support. In addition, a mediational model in which social support mediates child maltreatment and developmental outcomes was supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-630
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Adolescent development
  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Social support
  • Transition to college


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