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Title: Impact of Child Sexual Abuse - A Review of the Research
Journal: Psychological Bulletin  Volume:99  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1986)  Pages:66-77
Author(s): A Browne; D Finkclhor
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Contract Number: NCCAN 90-CA-0936/1; MH15161
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews studies that have tried to confirm empirically the effects of child sexual abuse cited in the clinical literature.
Abstract: In regard to initial effects, empirical studies have indicated reactions -- in at least some portion of the victim population -- of fear, anxiety, depression, anger and hostility, aggression, and sexually inappropriate behavior. Frequently reported long-term effects include depression and self-destructive behavior, anxiety, feelings of isolation and stigma, poor self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, a tendency toward revictimization, substance abuse, and sexual maladjustment. The kinds of abuse that appear to be most damaging, according to the empirical studies, are experiences involving father figures, genital contact, and force. The controversy over the impact of child sexual abuse is discussed, and recommendations for future research efforts are suggested. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
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