Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Hibdon, Julie


This thesis explores the idea that those who have childhood victimization through abuse may be more likely to go into professions that directly help others as adults. This idea comes from Agnew's general strain theory and is an example of positive coping and prosocial coping. Coping is the response necessary when strains are introduced to an individual. They may be positive or negative. Prosocial coping is an individual using their coping mechanisms to help themselves by helping others in their community. This thesis uses data from the “National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), 1994-2008" Harris and Udry, North Carolina Chapel Hill. Questions about abuse and employment are coded and run through statistical analysis. These analyses are independent sample t-tests binary regression models. Findings are discussed and further research in this area is suggested.




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