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NCJ Number: 228459 Find in a Library
Title: Are Males and Females Sexually Abused as Children Socially Anxious Adults?
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:July-August 2009  Pages:355-366
Author(s): Ariz Rojas; Bill N. Kinder
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the connections between males and females with reported histories of childhood sexual abuse and subsequent social anxiety in young adulthood.
Abstract: Consistent with previous research, females in this study were more socially anxious than males, regardless of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) status. In addition, almost one-third of males and a little over a third of females reported being sexually abused as a child or adolescent. One of the most surprising findings in the study was that a history of CSA did not place males and females at increased risk for social anxiety. It is well documented that CSA is associated with deleterious outcomes in the areas of anxiety in both males and females. Previous study that explored the relationship between CSA and adult social anxiety have found respondents to report lower levels of social functioning and increased risk for clinical levels of social anxiety in clinical and non-clinical samples. This study examined childhood sexual abuse's relationship to adult social anxiety in both males and females. The study sample consisted of 250 undergraduate students from a large metropolitan university. Tables, note, and references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child victims; Gender issues; Individual behavior; Perception; Victimization
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