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NCJ Number: 228786 Find in a Library
Title: Symptomatology in Adolescents Following Initial Disclosure of Sexual Abuse: The Roles of Crisis Support, Appraisals and Coping
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:717-727
Author(s): Sarah Bal; Geert Crombez; Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij; Paulette Van Oost
Editor(s): David A. Wolfe
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined possible explanations for symptom development and variability in sexually abused adolescents by testing four process models in which appraisal, coping, and crisis support play prominent roles.
Abstract: The buffering role of crisis support, in particular, and the role of negative appraisals appeared to be key factors in the explanation of symptom development and variability in sexually abused adolescents. Studies have revealed that complaints and symptoms in sexually abused adolescents vary widely. Symptom development and variation have often been related to the type of sexual abuse. To further understand symptom development and variation, researchers have proposed process models in which appraisal, coping, and social support play a prominent role. This study presents a theoretical model which emphasizes the relationships between appraisals, coping, social support, and internalizing and externalizing symptoms in sexually abused adolescents. Data were analyzed from 100 Flemish sexually abused adolescents, aged 12-18 years. Table, figures and references
Main Term(s): Sexually abused adolescents
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adolescent abuse; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescents at risk; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Psychological victimization effects; Youth development
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