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The development of the psychological security sense by activating the personal resources of women abused in childhood

Author: Rotaru-Sîrbu Natalia
Degree:doctor of psychology
Speciality: 19.00.07 - Pedagogical Psychology, Psychology of Development, Psychology of Personality
Scientific adviser: Angela Groza (Verdeş)
doctor, associate professor (docent)
Institution: Chisinau Pedagogical State University "Ion Creanga"


The thesis was presented on the 27 December, 2022 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.


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CZU 159.923-055.2(043.3)

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309 pages


psychological security, attachment, violence, abuse, trauma, personal resources


Structure of Dissertation: The present research includes annotations in Romanian, English and Russian; the list of abbreviations; Introduction; three chapters; General Conclusions and Recommendations; Bibliography 278; 45 figures; 34 tables and 3 appendices. The main text contains 161 pages. The obtained results were published in 10 scientific articles.

Area of study: the research is at the confluence of certain research domains, such social psychology, developmental psychology, age psychology, the study of psychosocial skills, paternal identity and psychosocial adaptation.

Purpose of the thesis: consists in analyzing the sense of psychological security and personal resources in women abused in childhood, battered women.

Objectives of the thesis: identifying the presence of childhood abuse and the types of abuse to which women were subjected during their childhood; studying the sense of the psychological security in abused and non-abused women in childhood by determining the type of attachment; and making an contrastive analysis of the type of attachment, taking into consideration the forms of abuse; personality characteristics in women abused in childhood; identifying the level of self-esteem in women abused in childhood in comparation to those who were not abused; determining the level of hostility in women included in the research; establishing the level of the resilience in abused and non-abused women in childhood; assessment of coping strategies - frequently used by experimental subjects.

Scientific novelty and originality consist in the fact that for the first time, at the national level, were investigated the consequences of the childhood abuse, the personality traits of the women who were abused in childhood, their level of the self-esteem, resilience and hostility and the ability to reactivate their personal resources. At the same time, the situation of women who were not subjected to violence in childhood was assessed.

The important scientific problem solved. Due to the analyzing the sense of psychological security in abused and non-abused women in childhood, it was established that abused women in childhood can reactivate their personal resources, including by substantiating and implementing a psychological intervention program.

The theoretical significance of the study stems from the relevance of the researched subject. The PhD thesis represents a multidisciplinary work which combines the aspects of social psychology, family and couple psychology and psychotherapy, relationship psychology, integrative psychology, art therapy, humanistic-experiential psychology, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, anxiety psychotherapy. We consider that the thesis contributed with new researches to the area of study concerning the terms of psychological security and personal resources, highlighting that the childhood abuse has a strong impact on the development of accentuated personality traits that influence the quality of adult’s life within and outside the family.

The applied value of the research consists in the possibility to draw up a guide of good practice and a complex program of psycho-pedagogical intervention in the activity of school psychologists, practitioners, counselors, teachers by implementing and validating the psychological intervention program in order to encourage and facilitate the acceptance of past experiences and support women which were abused in childhood in the process of activating their resources.

Implementation of the research results. The results of this study are used in training and professional education of psychologists. This thesis represents a solid contribution to the enrichment of the national scientific literature.