Year: 1987 Source: Conference on Family Violence, (1987), 56p. SIEC No: 19890003

The role of childhood abuse & disruption in the development of impaired self-esteem & vulnerability to stress, including lack of coping resources & lack of close emotional & psychological ties with others is discussed, & a model linking vulnerability & stress to the emergence of serious depression in abuse survivors is presented. The evaluation of group therapy which increases the self-esteem, coping skills & social support of women who have survived abusive events in childhood is presented.