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NCJ Number: 228597 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Other Forms of Childhood Adversity on Adulthood Parenting
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2009  Pages:489-512
Author(s): Betty Barrett
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 24
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on five dimensions of adulthood parenting among a sample of predominantly African-American mothers receiving public assistance.
Abstract: Results indicate that although CSA survivors reported significantly lower rates of parental warmth, higher rates of psychological aggression, and more frequent use of corporal punishment, after consideration of other factors, CSA did not independently impact parenting. This study examined the effects of CSA on parenting in a specific population of African-American women. Prevalence estimates for CSA suggest that 30-40 percent of females have been sexually abused in childhood. Numerous studies indicate that survivors of CSA experience greater lifelong trauma-related symptoms, including parenting. The study was comprised of measurements in five dimensions: childhood physical abuse; childhood neglect; observing domestic violence in childhood; childhood poverty; and living apart from one or both parents in childhood. Data were comprised of information previously collected as part of the Illinois Families Study, a 6-year panel study of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits in Illinois. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Abused parents; Parental influence
Index Term(s): Abused women; Black/African Americans; Child Sexual Abuse; Family crisis; Family histories; Family structure; Family support; Illinois; Risk management
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