Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in relation to shame and guilt proneness in adults is limited. Studies have shown that children and adults can be affected by ACEs. More specifically, ACEs are associated with negative health and wellness. This study examines a unique relationship between ACEs and guilt and shame proneness. Participants in this study were comprised of a convenience sample of 137 adults. Two primary assessment instruments were used: Adverse Childhood Experience questionnaire and the Test of Self-Conscious Affect-3 (TOSCA). The surveys were distributed through social media, email, and classrooms . Results revealed a statistically significant positive relationship between ACE scores and shame proneness. Furthermore, a statistically significant difference was discovered between participants with high ACEs versus participants with low ACEs regarding shame proneness.
Weaver, Martha G. and Sullins, Jeremiah
"The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experience, Guilt Proneness, and Shame-Proneness: An Exploratory Investigation,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 27:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol27/iss1/10