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NCJ Number: 127896 Find in a Library
Title: Early and Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse: An Update
Journal: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice  Volume:21  Issue:5  Dated:special issue (October 1990)  Pages:325-330
Author(s): D Finkelhor
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research on the early and long-term effects of child sexual abuse done since 1986 is reviewed with emphasis on the several of the new directions which that research has taken.
Abstract: Most of the new research fits into the mold of previous work. The new studies consist of additional efforts to establish the connection between a history of sexual abuse and a variety of mental health symptoms and pathologies to demonstrate that sexual abuse does have a noxious impact both initially and in the long term. The new directions are broken into two categories: methodological and empirical refinements that have opened up issues that were recognized but previously neglected, and theoretical developments that have brought new issues to the forefront. The new directions discussed in depth are the impact of abuse on boys, the longitudinal perspective, victims without symptoms, and sexual abuse symptoms as posttraumatic stress. 38 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Genetic influences on behavior; Psychological research; Psychological victimization effects; Sexually abused adolescents
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