Miriam Tepper

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


Social Work

First Advisor

Regina Praetorius


Child abuse is defined as any emotional, psychological or physical abuse or neglect inflicted on a child, that causes distress and impaired functioning for that child. A child’s caregiver was reported to be the main source of child abuse, with increasing chances if the parent struggles with a mental health disorder and or co-morbid substance use disorder or physical issues. The mental health issues that have been noted as a significant source of abuse include a parent who struggles with a personality disorder including borderline personality disorder (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). These personality disorders stem from years of negative childhood beliefs and feedback with an underlying character trait of emotional dysregulation (ED). Research has noted that individuals experiencing abuse from a parent with NPD or BPD struggled to not only seek help, but were unable to complete their recommended treatment intervention due to many obstacles. Two of the main obstacles reported from adult survivors who did reach for help was losing their family members because they sought assistance and the individual not knowing that what he/she experienced as a child was considered abuse.


Borderline personality disorder (BPD), Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), Help seekers, Non-help seekers, Cycle of abuse


Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work


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