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NCJ Number: 149893 Find in a Library
Title: Victim to Abuser: Mental Health and Behavioral Sequels of Child Sexual Abuse in a Community Survey of Young Adult Males
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1994)  Pages:683-697
Author(s): C Bagley; M Wood; L Young
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Grant Number: 498-89-0020
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores possible reasons why individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse may themselves become, as adolescents and young adults, perpetrators of sexual abuse; the study also documents long-term mental health sequels of unwanted sexual contacts in childhood among young adult males.
Abstract: Respondents in a stratified random sample of 750 males aged 18 to 27 in Calgary, Canada, were asked to recall unwanted sexual contacts that occurred before they were 17 years old. A total of 117 (15.6 percent) had experienced one or more unwanted sexual contacts. those recalling multiple events of abuse (52 individuals, 6.9 percent of all respondents) were distinguished from other respondents at a statistically significant level on the following indicators: emotional abuse in childhood, higher rates of current or recent depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings and behavior, and current sexual interest in or actual behavior that involved minors. The combination of emotional abuse in the respondent's childhood with multiple events of sexual abuse was a relatively good predictor of both poor mental health and later sexual interest in or sexual contact with children. Eight apparently active pedophiles were identified, using a computer response system that assured anonymity. This study underscores the need for preventive measures and the prompt identification and treatment of victims before they enter the victim-to-abuser cycle. 7 tables and 52 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Canada; Child abuse as crime factor; Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Foreign criminal justice research; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Male offenders; Male survivors; Psychological victimization effects
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