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Title: The moderation effect of social support in the relationship between child abuse and school achievement
Authors: Lopes, R.
Moleiro, C.
Keywords: Child maltreatment
Social support
School achievement
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Abstract: This study investigated the relationship between child maltreatment, school achievement and social support, by exploring the adaptation of the stress buffering model of social support. Data was collected on 402 children from 5th - 9th grades (383 without history of child abuse and 64 with history of child abuse). An adapted version of the Social Support Appraisals Scale (Dubow & Ullman, 1989; Dubow et al., 1991) was used to analyze the role of social support in the relationship between child maltreatment and school achievement. Results indicated that abused children scored lower in Language and Math, and had more grade retentions than children without history of abuse. Findings also revealed that perceived social support is a promoter of school achievement. Results also indicated social support as a moderator between child abuse and school achievement, although only partially in the direction of the adaptation of the stress buffering model. Implications for school professionals are discussed.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.5539/jedp.v1n1p74
ISSN: 1927-0526
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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