Adult survivors of childhood abuse: an analysis of coping mechanisms used for stressful childhood memories and current stressors



Author(s)Futa, Kristine T, Nash, Cindy L, Hansen, David J and Calvin P Garbin
Title Adult survivors of childhood abuse: an analysis of coping mechanisms used for stressful childhood memories and current stressors
Source Journal of Family Violence, August 2003, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp 227-239.
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
URL http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1027&context=psychfacpub
Summary This study examines the coping strategies used by women with four types of childhood histories: sexual abuse; physical abuse; sexual and physical abuse; and no child abuse. For the study 196 female university students were assessed through a number of instruments, including the Childhood Experiences Form, the Ways of Coping Checklist -Revised, and the College Adjustment Scales. It was found among the study participants that 19.4% had experienced physical abuse in their childhood; 13.3% sexual abuse; 11.2% both physical and sexual abuse; and the majority, 56.1%, had experienced no childhood abuse. The authors analysed data from each group to explore how women with and without abuse histories cope with past and current stressors. The study identified significant similarities and differences among women with different histories of abuse.
Keywords Coping strategies; childhood abuse; sexual abuse; adult survivors
Topic Psychological effects and treatment