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The Relationship between Childhood Trauma, Adult Trauma and the Severity of Adult Criminal Behavior Committed by Female Clients at Langata Women’s Maximum Prison

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dc.contributor.author Muriuki, Sophie Nyambura Muchina
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-09T08:08:22Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-09T08:08:22Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3579
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Children face various forms of traumatic experiences such as psychological, sexual, emotional or physical abuse (Payne, Gainey & Carey, 2007) which may be compounded by neglect (Hume, 2011; United Nations Children’s Fund, 2014). Abuse experienced in childhood is thought to set in motion psychological distress in adolescence or adulthood which may adversely affect the concerned individual in many ways such as the forging of intimate relationships in adulthood or engaging in criminal behavior (Nguyen, Karney & Bradbury, 2016). The focus of this paper was to investigate whether there was a link between severity of criminal behavior in adulthood and a history of adult or childhood trauma among female offenders. The study engaged 100 adult female offenders at the Lang’ata Women’s Maximum Prison, Nairobi. Rates of traumatic experience were higher in adults than in children. Significant positive correlations were found between general trauma and physical punishment r(100) = .44, p <.001, between general trauma and emotional trauma r(100) = .37, p <.001 and general trauma and sexual events r(100) = .33, p <.001. No interactions were found between the type of trauma one experiences and the severity of crime engaged in. There was no significant interaction between effects of childhood trauma and adult trauma on the severity of crime committed. Misdemeanors, the least severe classification, was found to occur at a higher frequency (n= 40) when compared to felonies (n = 36) and capital offences (n = 24), the most punitive classification for the participants in the present study. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Childhood Trauma en_US
dc.subject Adult Trauma en_US
dc.subject Severity of Adult en_US
dc.subject Criminal Behavior en_US
dc.subject Female Clients en_US
dc.subject Langata Women’s Maximum Prison en_US
dc.title The Relationship between Childhood Trauma, Adult Trauma and the Severity of Adult Criminal Behavior Committed by Female Clients at Langata Women’s Maximum Prison en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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