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NCJ Number: 120354 Find in a Library
Title: Long-Term Psychological Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Two Samples of College Men
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:533-542
Author(s): M E Fromuth; B R Burkhart
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explores the relationship between a history of childhood sexual abuse and later psychological and sexual adjustment.
Abstract: A retrospective questionnaire approach was used for 582 college men from two different geographic locations: 253 from a midwestern university and 329 from a southeastern university. The definition of child sexual abuse employed in this study was a broad one which included both contact and noncontact experiences. In order to be defined as abusive, however, an age discrepancy between victim and perpetrator was required. Although not so for the southeastern sample, for the midwestern sample a number of small but significant correlations emerged between a history of sexual abuse and psychological adjustment as measured by the SCL-90. In both samples, very few significant correlations emerged between a history of sexual abuse and later sexual adjustment and behavior. 2 tables, 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Psychological evaluation; Psychological research
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