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NCJ Number: 127583 Find in a Library
Title: Patterns of Emotional Response to Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author(s): P J Long; J Jackson
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from 105 female university students who had experienced child sexual abuse formed the basis of an analysis of whether these victims showed distinct patterns of emotional reactions.
Abstract: The participants averaged about 19 years of age and were generally of middle class and never married. The abusive sexual activities ranged from fondling (82 percent) and exposure (32 percent) to intercourse (9 percent). The participants completed a self-report instrument that gathered data on demographics, childhood sexual activities with older persons, reactions to the sexual activities, and other potentially traumatic events. The questionnaire contained a scale developed by Shipp and others to assess emotional reactions. Results showed that victims experience a variety of emotional responses to childhood sexual abuse, with combinations of emotions producing a relatively small number of profiles of emotional reactions. Positive and ambivalent roles were relatively rare, however, while those involving one or more negative emotions characterized the majority of victims. Findings also suggested a relationship between emotional reaction and general social adjustment. Tables, figures, and 6 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault trauma
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Female victims; Sexual assault victims
Note: Paper presented at the 23rd Annual AABT Convention, Washington, D.C., November 1989
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