Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem.

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  • Author(s): Polepally Ashok, Gautami. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology, US
  • Source:
    Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 80(2-B)(E), 2019.
  • Publisher:
    US : ProQuest Information & Learning
  • Language:
    English
  • Document Type:
    Dissertation
  • Publication Type:
    Dissertation Abstract
  • Additional Information
    • Other Journal Titles:
      Dissertation Abstracts International
    • ISSN:
      0419-4217 (Print)
    • ISBN:
      978-0438465923
    • Keywords:
      self-esteem, childhood trauma, physical abuse
    • Abstract:
      BDSM includes a variety of acronyms: Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadism and Masochism, and is rooted in sane, safe, and consensual sex. The understanding that BDSM is abnormal or deviant is rooted in the notion that sexual pleasure derived from unconventional methods is pathological, and is a manifestation of childhood trauma and/or poor adjustment to society. This additionally translates to the notion that one who engages in consensual non-conventional sexual behavior has poor self-esteem. The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of childhood trauma among individuals who practice BDSM and how this relates to their self-esteem. The exploratory study used a questionnaire including demographic data, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Self Report (CTQ-SR; Bernstein & Fink, 1998) to determine the presence of childhood trauma, including physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse and Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) to determine the degree of self-esteem. A comparison was made between individuals who self-identified as practicing BDSM and those who do not. The research questions were as follows: Does childhood trauma, including physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse differ based on engagement in BDSM? Does self-esteem differ based on engagement in BDSM among individuals with a history of childhood trauma? Does self-esteem differ based on engagement in BDSM among individuals with no history of childhood trauma? A MANOVA and factorial analysis was used to analyze the data. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Dissertation Details:
      UMI Order Number: AAI10786247
      OpenURL: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&res_dat=xri:pqm&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:10786247
      Advisor(s): Adam Yerke
      Degree: Psy.D., 2018
      Institution: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
      Department: Clinical Forensic Psychology
    • Subject Terms:
    • PsycINFO Classification:
      Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention (3300)
      General Psychology (2100)
    • Population:
      Human
    • Age Group:
      Childhood (birth-12 yrs)
    • Methodology:
      Empirical Study; Quantitative Study
    • Physical Description:
      Electronic
    • Publication Date:
      20181210
    • Accession Number:
      2018-58620-096
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      POLEPALLY ASHOK, G. Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem. 2019. ProQuest Information & Learning, [s. l.], 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096. Acesso em: 28 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Polepally Ashok G. Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. 2019;80(2-B(E)). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096. Accessed February 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Polepally Ashok, G. (2019). Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem [ProQuest Information & Learning]. In Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering (Vol. 80, Issue 2–B(E)).
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Polepally Ashok, Gautami. 2019. “Childhood Trauma, BDSM, and Self-Esteem: An Exploration of the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Sexual Behavior and the Effects to Self-Esteem.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096.
    • Harvard:
      Polepally Ashok, G. (2019) Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096 (Accessed: 28 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Polepally Ashok, G 2019, ‘Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem’, ProQuest Information & Learning, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, vol. 80, no. 2–B(E), viewed 28 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Polepally Ashok, Gautami. “Childhood Trauma, BDSM, and Self-Esteem: An Exploration of the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Sexual Behavior and the Effects to Self-Esteem.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, vol. 80, no. 2–B(E), ProQuest Information & Learning, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Polepally Ashok, Gautami. “Childhood Trauma, BDSM, and Self-Esteem: An Exploration of the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Sexual Behavior and the Effects to Self-Esteem.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Polepally Ashok G. Childhood trauma, BDSM, and self-esteem: An exploration of the impact of childhood trauma on sexual behavior and the effects to self-esteem [Internet]. Vol. 80, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning; 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 28]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-58620-096