Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Adult child sexual abuse victims;
Research over the past decade indicates that a wide range of psychological and interpersonal problems are more prevalent among those who have been sexually abused than among individuals with no such experiences. This paper summarizes what is currently known about these potential impacts of child sexual abuse. The various problems and symptoms described in the literature on child sexual abuse are reviewed in a series of broad categories including post-traumatic stress, emotional pain, avoidance, an impaired self, and interpersonal difficulties. Research has determined that the extent to which a given individual manifests abuse-related distress is a function of an undetermined number of abuse-specific variables, as well as individual and environmental factors that existed prior to, or occurred subsequent to, the incidents of sexual abuse.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
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©1998 Joyce Skinner
Skinner, Joyce, "Childhood Sexual Abuse: Long Versus Short Term Effects" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 1537.