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NCJ Number: 156457 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Sequelae in Adult Females Reporting Childhood Ritualistic Abuse
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:975-984
Author(s): K J Lawrence; L Cozolino; D W Foy
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study seeks to increase current scientific knowledge about subjectively reported childhood ritualistic abuse by addressing several key unresolved issues. In particular, the authors explore the possibility that those reporting ritualistic abuse may be characterized primarily by the severity of their abuse histories or the severity of their present psychological symptoms, rather than the veridicality of the ritualistic events.
Abstract: Adult female outpatients reporting childhood sexual abuse with ritualistic features were compared with a second group of women who reported childhood sexual abuse without ritualism. Measures included characteristics of childhood sexual and physical abuse, current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnostic status and symptom severity, and severity of current dissociative experiences. Women reporting ritualistic features scored significantly higher on measures of childhood sexual and physical abuse. Neither PTSD diagnostic status nor severity for PTSD nor dissociative experiences were significantly different between the groups. While preliminary in nature, these results suggest that it may be helpful to conceptualize reported childhood ritualistic abuse as indicative of the need to assess carefully for severe abuse and its predictable sequelae within existing traumatic victimization conceptual frameworks. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Police; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Psychological evaluation; Psychological victimization effects; Ritualistic crimes; Victims of Crime
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