Child sexual abuse and adulthood-interpersonal outcomes: examining pathways for intervention

 

Author(s)Lamoureux, Brittain E., Anita P. Jackson, Patrick A. Palmieri and Stevan E. Hobfoll
Title Child sexual abuse and adulthood-interpersonal outcomes: examining pathways for intervention
Source Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy,2012, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp 605-613
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary The aim of this study was to explore the negative impact of CSA on adulthood interpersonal problems and HIV/sexual risk. Participants in the study were 693 women recruited from two obstetrics and gynaecological clinics serving mainly low-income inner-city populations. The participants were assessed for child sexual abuse, resiliency resources, psychological distress, interpersonal problems and HIV/sexual risk through a questionnaire at the first time of testing and at six months follow up. Two hundred and seventy one participants indicated that they had experienced CSA. The results of the study suggest that the experience of CSA undermines women's personal resilience and psychological functioning to impact adversely on important aspects of adult women's interpersonal relationships and sexual health risk. Implications for intervention are considered and the authors suggest that the findings from the study partially support the focus on decreasing psychological distress but suggest that more is needed to decrease sexual risk by targeting personal resiliency resources.
Keywords Child sexual abuse; CSA; interpersonal relationships; sexual risk; psychopathology
Topic Sexual assault