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NCJ Number: 119533 Find in a Library
Title: Post-Traumatic Stress in Sexually Abused, Physically Abused, and Nonabused Children
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:403-408
Author(s): E Deblinger; S McLeer; M Atkins; D Ralphe; E Foa
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This investigation compared the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in sexually abused, physically abused, and nonabused psychiatrically hospitalized children matched by age, sex, and socioeconomic status.
Abstract: Of the sexually abused children, 20.7 percent met diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder compared to 6.9 percent of the physically abused and 10.3 percent of the nonabused children. These rates were not significantly different across the three groups, however, they were significantly high to suggest the need for more extensive study of post-traumatic stress during childhood. Significant symptom rate differences across groups were found with respect to specific post-traumatic stress symptoms. Sexually abused children exhibited significantly higher rates of inappropriate sexual behaviors than either the physically abused or nonabused children. Also, both the sexually abused and physically abused groups exhibited more avoidant/dissociative symptoms as compared to the nonabused children. Results are discussed in terms of clinical and research implications. 20 references. 2 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child Sexual Abuse
Note: Presented at 21st Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Boston, November 14, 1987
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