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NCJ Number: 158159 Find in a Library
Title: Clinical Characteristics Related to Severity of Sexual Abuse: A Study of Seriously Mentally Ill Youth
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:1245-1254
Author(s): J McClellan; J Adams; D Douglas; C McCurry; M Storck
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined demographic, social, and clinical variables related to sexual abuse histories in a sample of severely mentally ill youth.
Abstract: Data were collected through a retrospective chart review of all patients treated over a 5-year period (1987-1992) at a tertiary care public-sector psychiatric hospital. The sample was divided into four groups: no history of sexual abuse (n=226), isolated events (n=62), intermittent abuse (n=61), and chronic (n=150). The findings show that youth with sexual abuse histories were more often female, had higher rates of social chaos and associated physical abuse and neglect, and had higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse disorders. Chronically abused subjects came from the most chaotic and abusive backgrounds, were younger when first abused, had the highest number of abusers, were more likely to have been molested, and were more often abused by their father/stepfather and/or their mother/stepmother. Using logistic regression analyses, sexual abuse histories were predicted by sexually inappropriate behaviors, symptoms of PTSD and borderline personality disorders, dissociative symptoms, substance abuse, and animal cruelty. 4 tables and 11 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Mental disorders; Psychological victimization effects
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