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NCJ Number: 155563 Find in a Library
Title: Meta-Analysis of the Relationship of Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Psychological Adjustment
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:715- 728
Author(s): S A Jumper
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relationship between child sexual abuse and adult psychological adjustment was examined through meta-analyses of 20 studies involving 23 samples.
Abstract: Results indicated statistically significant relationships between the experience of child sexual abuse and subsequent difficulties in psychological adjustment as measured by psychological symptoms, depression, and self- esteem. Across studies, significant heterogeneity occurred in a variety of participants, research designs, and assessment methods. Some of the variance in effect size was partially accounted for by certain identified study characteristics, most notably with respect to the source of the sample. Student samples consistently generated smaller and more homogeneous effect size estimates than did community or clinical samples. This finding indicated that abused persons in student samples may experience fewer impairments in psychological adjustment compared to abused persons in community or clinical samples. Tables, appended methodological information, and 25 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Psychological victimization effects
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