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Title: Comparison of the Abuse Experiences of Male and Female Adults Molested as Children
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:57-62
Author(s): K A Kendall-Tackett; A F Simon
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of data from 365 adults sexually molested as children compared findings for males and females on the identity of the perpetrator, age at onset and end of molestation, duration of molestation, type of sexual acts, and whether the molestation was reported to the police.
Abstract: Eighty-nine percent of the sample was female, and 11 percent male. Data were collected at an intake interview administered at the time the subjects entered outpatient treatment at the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in San Jose, Calif. Subjects were interviewed from January 1984 to March 1985. Data were analyzed by means of t-tests, chi-square analyses, and Fisher's Exact Test of Probability. Results indicate that boys and girls were equally likely to be molested by natural fathers, girls were more likely to be molested by stepfathers, and boys were more likely to be molested by friends of the family. Molestation started at the same age for boys and girls, but lasted longer and ended at a later age for girls. Males and females were equally likely to experience fondling from the waist down and oral intercourse; however, there were significant differences for incidence of anal intercourse and fondling from the waist up. Findings are discussed in the context of previous research in the field. 14 references
Main Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Comparative analysis
Note: Portions of this research were presented at the meetings of the Western Psychological Association, April 1987, Long Beach, Calif.
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