Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Anxiety--Etiology; Adult child abuse victims--Mental health; Adult child sexual abuse victims--Mental health;
In recent years, there has been a growing acceptance that childhood physical and sexual abuse lead to higher rates of psychiatric morbidity in adulthood. Childhood abuse experiences have been reported to be highly prevalent among patients with anxiety disorders. Similarly, childhood incest victims have been found to suffer from a significantly higher rate of anxiety disorders in adulthood especially agoraphobia, than a non-victimized, matched comparison group. Epidemiology studies also support a relationship between childhood abuse and the subsequent development of anxiety disorders. Two separate community surveys found that childhood sexual victimization predicted the later onset of agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social phobia.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Thaddeus G. Rozecki
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©1997 Lynn Merry Cornwell
Cornwell, Lynn Merry, "Childhood physical or sexual abuse as a possible indicator of subsequent adult anxiety disorders" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 497.