Title

Severity of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Symptom Differences Between men and Women

Keywords

trauma, sexual abuse, mental health

Abstract

Several aspects of childhood sexual abuse were investigated to deterrmine the “best model” for predicting long-term symptoms found both in male and female survivors. Level of severity accounted for the most variation for both men and women for each of the five measures of trauma symptoms (dissociation, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, and sleep disturbance). The most severe level of sexual abuse was associated with significantly more long-term distress than other levels of abuse in both men and women. Differences and similarities between the findings for men and women are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Heath, H., Bean, R. A., & Feinauer, L. (1996). Severity of childhood sexual abuse: Symptom differences between men and women. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 24(4), 305-314.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1996

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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