Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Youseung Kim, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Corinne Warrener, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Eyitayo Onifade, Ph.D.


This study examines the effects of childhood verbal aggression on self-esteem and intimate relationships in adulthood. This study was based on the premises that an individual’s morals and behaviors are affected by one’s life experiences. A case study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from 151 participants in the South East region of the United States. The researcher found that the participants that showed lower levels of intimacy in relationships also have experienced threats, ridicule, or insults during childhood. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that an individual that experiences verbal aggression in childhood will affect their levels of intimacy in adulthood.

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