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NCJ Number: 210546 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Destructive and Delinquent Behaviors of Adolescent Female Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: Rates and Covariates in Clinical and Nonclinical Samples
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:19  Issue:6  Dated:December 2004  Pages:627-643
Author(s): John Wright; William Friedrich; Caroline Cinq-Mars; Mireille Cyr; Pierre McDuff
Date Published: December 2004
Page Count: 17
Publisher: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored possible determinants and covariates of self-destructive and delinquent behaviors in a sample of sexually abused adolescent females.
Abstract: A vast body of research has documented the association between child sexual abuse (CSA) and several types of deleterious behavioral outcomes in youths and adults. Yet little is known about the potential mediating factors that may differentiate sexually abused girls who suffer deleterious behavioral outcomes from those who do not suffer such consequences. The current study assessed self-destructive and delinquent behaviors in three samples of adolescent females. The first sample consisted of 140 substantiated female adolescent victims of CSA who were recruited from clinical settings. The second sample comprised 430 non-abused female secondary school students, while the third sample contained 94 female students from the same school who self-reported CSA victimization. Participants completed a series of questionnaires assessing self-destructive behaviors, criminal behaviors, trauma symptoms, family problems, characteristics of sexual abuse, and attitudes toward mother and father. Comparisons of the three groups revealed few differences between the two CSA groups; both CSA groups reported significantly more at-risk behaviors than the non-group abused. The discussion compares the rates of specific problematic behaviors for the three groups of adolescent females. Family adversity was consistently associated with both self-destructive and delinquent behaviors in CSA female adolescents. Future research should focus on the motivations for self-injurious behavior. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Comparative analysis
Index Term(s): Female deviance; Female victims; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Self mutilation
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