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NCJ Number: 127721 Find in a Library
Title: Males and Females as Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Examination of the Gender Effect
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1990)  Pages:321-332
Author(s): M Gordon
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study uses data drawn from a United States national probability sample to compare female and male experience of sexual abuse. It also examines the experience of sexual abuse by gender where the abuser is a relative and where the abuser is a stranger or acquaintance. Through this approach, the study should be able to assess whether, under similar conditions of abuse, significant gender differences emerge.
Abstract: In July 1985, the Los Angeles Times conducted a poll based on a sampling frame of all telephone residences in the United States. Men and women aged 18 and over (N=2627) were interviewed during the 8-day survey. the questions asked in the survey are listed, and the results presented in three tables. The results show that the differences in the profiles of the male and female sexual abuse victim relate in a fundamental way to their relationship with the abuser. Males are largely insulated from abuse by those emotionally close to them; they are abused by strangers or acquaintances. Females, however, disproportionately are abused by older male relatives. The results also indicate that the relationship between gender and sexual abuse is more complicated than may previously have been thought. 3 tables and 30 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Genetic influences on behavior; Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse
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