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Long-Term Psychological Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Two Samples of College Men

NCJ Number
Child Abuse and Neglect Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Dated: (1989) Pages: 533-542
M E Fromuth; B R Burkhart
Date Published
10 pages
This study explores the relationship between a history of childhood sexual abuse and later psychological and sexual adjustment.
A retrospective questionnaire approach was used for 582 college men from two different geographic locations: 253 from a midwestern university and 329 from a southeastern university. The definition of child sexual abuse employed in this study was a broad one which included both contact and noncontact experiences. In order to be defined as abusive, however, an age discrepancy between victim and perpetrator was required. Although not so for the southeastern sample, for the midwestern sample a number of small but significant correlations emerged between a history of sexual abuse and psychological adjustment as measured by the SCL-90. In both samples, very few significant correlations emerged between a history of sexual abuse and later sexual adjustment and behavior. 2 tables, 20 references. (Author abstract modified)