Coping and Dissociation Among Female College Students: Reporting Childhood Abuse Experiences


Office of Educational Research, University of Florida.

Counselor Education Program, University of Arkansas, 134 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (e-mail


This study examined the relationship among coping strategies, dissociation, and childhood abuse experiences of female college students. Results provided support for the theoretical links between 3 types of child abuse experience (sexual abuse, physical abuse, and negative home environment) and coping style and dissociation. The study's results add to an increased understanding of the relationship between coping strategies and dissociation as these processes relate to specific types of childhood abuse experiences among female college students.