School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Suzie Johnson


Childhood Maltreatment, Resilience, Abuse, Mental Health


Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this study was to have a better understanding of the positive impact that resiliency has on an individual that has endured childhood maltreatment. This qualitative study focused on the information gathered from seven women ranging in age from 18 to 60 years old. Each participant answered three questionnaires (the Adverse Childhood Experience, Brief Resilience Coping Scale, and a Survey Questionnaire) prior to participating in a Zoom interview. This study elaborated on the four types of childhood maltreatment, what prompted the need for programs and interventions, the detrimental effects it has on the development of children and their physical and mental health in adulthood, and the importance of resiliency to live a successful life with little to no mental health issues. Individuals that endured childhood maltreatment shared where they believe their resiliency stemmed from and whether or not it lowered their mental health issues. The major finding from this study was that all of the resilient women who participated in this study were impacted by a significant person in their lives.

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