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NCJ Number: 150918 Find in a Library
Title: Dual Vulnerability of Sexually Victimized Mothers and Sexually Victimized Children: A Longitudinal Study
Author(s): E H Newberger; C M Newberger; I Gremy
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Childrens Hospital Medical Ctr
Boston, MA 02115
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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National Institute of Mental Health
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NCJRS Photocopy Services
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US Dept of Health and Human Services
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Grant Number: 90-CA-1184; 89-IJ-CX-0034; 2T32MH8265-09
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from 49 sexually abused children and their mothers formed the basis of this comparison of the psychiatric responses of women with and without histories of sexual abuse to disclosures of their children's sexual abuse.
Abstract: The research also sought to assess the relationship of the mothers' histories to the nature of the child's victimization. The children were 6-12 years of age. Seventy- two percent were female. Sixteen mothers reported having been sexually abused in children. The children were followed at three points up to a year's interval after disclosure to assess the victimization experiences, changing psychiatric symptoms, life stresses, and family structure. Maternal and child psychiatric symptoms were assessed using the Brief Symptom Inventory, Child Behavior Checklist, Revised Manifest Anxiety Scale, and Children's Depression Inventory. Findings revealed significant differences between mothers who had experienced abuse and those who had not. The children of abused mothers experienced more serve abuse that was more often intrafamilial. Their psychiatric response profiles also revealed no declines over time. The duration of the mothers victimization in childhood was strongly associated with the perpetrator's use of force on the child. Findings indicated that the diagnosis and treatment of child sexual abuse should reflect recognition that mothers' child sexual abuse experiences are associated both with the nature of their children's abuse experiences and with their own responses to the disclosure of these experiences. Tables and 57 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Parental attitudes; Psychological victimization effects
Note: Paper presented at the 7th Annual Convention of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, D.C., October 26, 1991
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