Child Maltreatment Effects on Resilience to Deviance and Criminality in Adulthood

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2021-04-29

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Traditional research and understanding of childhood maltreatment victims would determine that these individuals are most likely to engage in criminal behavior throughout adolescence and adulthood. However, this is not always the case, as there is a subcategory of victims who refrain from deviance and criminality, and ultimately become productive members of society. Through the combination of Grounded Theory methodology and Social Bonds Theory, twenty-four voluntary participants were interviewed for this qualitative study to determine what protective factors and social bonds prevent childhood trauma victims from antisocial and criminal behavior. The concept of resilience is also related to Social Bonds Theory to investigate how a perseverant mindset impacts these individuals as well. Suggestions for policy implications and future research are presented.

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Child abuse, Resilience (Personality trait), Criminal behavior, Grounded theory

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