Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


This research project examined different types and frequencies of child abuse and their relationship to depression in adulthood. The sample for our research was Valparaiso University students (ages 18-22). Our sample included various genders, education levels, and occupations. We advertised in the Valparaiso University Counseling Center, in the Social Work department, through sending emails to VU students, and through word of mouth. Participants filled out a questionnaire that included various depression and child abuse questions. Correlations were used to examine the relationships. Findings from our research have implications on the interconnections of early and later life experiences and the needs for treatment as well as what that treatment might look like. Presenters for this research project are Rachel Egan, Lauren King, and Becky Lohse, all senior Social Work majors. The Faculty Sponsor for this research project was Professor Matthew Ringenberg (PhD) from the Valparaiso University Department of Social Work.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Becky Lohse is a senior Social Work and Psychology double major. She is currently interning at the LaPorte County Department of Child Services and is interested in the effects of child abuse.

Rachel Egan is a senior Social Work major. She is currently interning at Avalon Springs assisted living facility in Valparaiso. For this project, she is interested in understanding child abuse and the mental health aspects of abuse.

Lauren King is a senior Social Work major. She is currently interning at various Valparaiso Community elementary schools where she is focused on mental health of her students. She is interested in how abuse can affect children in the present and in the future.

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