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NCJ Number: 230102 Find in a Library
Title: Family Functioning Moderating the Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Memory Specificity
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:December 2009  Pages:859-871
Author(s): Lina Schlachter; Steven Weiner; Michael R. Nash
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 13
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether family functioning is associated with the generation of specific autobiographical memories in adults who were sexually abused as children.
Abstract: The main goal of this study was to investigate if adults sexually abused as children who were raised in a functional family are more able to generate specific autobiographical memories and suffer fewer depressive symptoms than sexually abused adults who were raised in a dysfunctional family. It was found that abused males retrieved fewer specific memories than nonabused males, abused females, and nonabused females. The three latter groups did not differ from each other. Further, childhood sexual abuse did not predict depression among males and females. After accounting for family functioning, there were no group differences regarding memory specificity. Functional families appear to have beneficial effects on the adjustment of male victims of childhood sexual abuse. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Childhood depression; Gender issues; Home environment
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