Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Alice S. Carter

Second Advisor

Margaret Briggs-Gowan

Third Advisor

Jean Rhodes


This study explored associations between early childhood violence exposure and child cognitive and social-emotional functioning in a socioeconomically disadvantaged sample. Sixty-four 36-60 month old children (22 violence exposed, 42 non-violence exposed) participated in this study with their caregivers. Analyses revealed that while violence exposure was not directly associated with language outcomes, violence exposed preschoolers had increased attention difficulties, more attention-related trauma symptoms than preschoolers who were not violence exposed. Results suggest associations between violence exposure and child attention difficulties as well as between violence exposure and attention-related trauma symptomatology, and are discussed in terms of clinical and research applications.


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