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NCJ Number: 229200 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring Posttraumatic Outcomes as a Function of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:6  Dated:November-December 2009  Pages:623-640
Author(s): Jane Shakespeare-Finch; Therese De Dassel
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored posttraumatic growth (PTG) and its relationship with negative posttrauma outcomes of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors.
Abstract: This study demonstrates that survivors of CSA can experience PTG despite their ongoing emotional and cognitive distress. These findings should not be viewed as suggesting that CSA is positive or desirable. Rather, despite the highly negative consequences that it can produce, the present findings suggest that a survivor’s struggle with CSA can, in some circumstances, lead to significant transformation. If researchers seek to measure distress in trauma survivors, a level of distress will be found; if researchers seek to measure growth, then a level of growth is likely to be found. When measuring both the positive and negative outcomes survivors attribute to an event such as sexual abuse, a more holistic picture of the survivor emerges as a person who perceives positive changes but does not deny that the event also had a lasting negative impact. Data were collected from 40 female survivors across 2 Australian States: Queensland and Tasmania. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Australia; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child molesters; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Survivors services
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