Is adaptive coping possible for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse?

Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Psychiatric Services (Impact Factor: 1.99). 03/1996; 47(2):186-8.
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ABSTRACT Thirty adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse who believed they were functioning well were selected through advertisements in local newspapers and presentations at an incest-survivor support group. Subjects were assessed by a battery of structured diagnostic interviews and standardized psychological measures, including the MMPI, the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40, and the Dissociative Experiences Scale. The results showed the existence of a subgroup of survivors of childhood sexual abuse who do not have devastating long-term psychological effects. Better adult psychological functioning was predicted by certain characteristics of the abuse, the family system, and the survivors.

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