Childhood Sexual Abuse and Psychiatric Disorder in Young Adulthood: II. Psychiatric Outcomes of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Christchurch Health and Developments Study, Christchurch School of Medicine, New Zealand.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 7.26). 11/1996; 35(10):1365-74. DOI: 10.1097/00004583-199610000-00024
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This is the second in a series of articles that describe the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in a birth cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealand children studied to the age of 18 years. This article examines the associations between reports of CSA at age 18 and DSM-IV diagnostic classifications at age 18.
A birth cohort of New Zealand children was studied at annual intervals from birth to age 16 years. At age 18 years retrospective reports of CSA prior to age 16 and concurrently measured psychiatric symptoms were obtained.
Those reporting CSA had higher rates of major depression, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, substance use disorder, and suicidal behaviors than those not reporting CSA (p < .002). There were consistent relationships between the extent of CSA and risk of disorder, with those reporting CSA involving intercourse having the highest risk of disorder. These results persisted when findings were adjusted for prospectively measured childhood family and related factors. Similar but less marked relationships between CSA and nonconcurrently measured disorders were found.
The findings suggest that CSA, and particularly severe CSA, was associated with increased risk of psychiatric disorder in young adults even when due allowance was made for prospectively measured confounding factors.

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    • "A conceptual model of long-term correlates of sexual abuse suggests that tension-reducing behaviors, such as the increased use of alcohol, may be seen as an attempt to cope with traumatic experiences (Polusny & Follette, 1995). Sexual abuse, especially at an early age, is often a persistent experience rather than restricted to a single event, such as an accident, and may therefore be more prone to severe psychopathological and developmental consequences in later adulthood , including high levels of anxiety and emotional distress (De Bellis, 2002; Fergusson, Horwood, & Lynskey, 1996; Whiffen & Macintosh, 2005). This often includes the development of symptoms, such as autonomic hyperarousal, avoidant behaviors , and re-experiencing phenomena, which constitute the core diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to the DSM-IV (APA, 1994). "
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    • "States has experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA; Bensley et al., 2000; Dube et al., 2003; Molnar et al., 2001), and some evidence indicates that Africans Americans are disproportionally affected (Hussey et al., 2006; McCutcheon et al., 2010; Ullman & Filipas, 2005). Women with a history of CSA are at increased risk for a wide range of psychiatric disorders (Fergusson et al., 1996a; Molnar et al., 2001; Nelson et al., 2002) that include cannabis and other substance use disorders (Kendler et al., 2000; Kilpatrick et al., 2000). CSA is also associated with early initiation of marijuana use (Bensley et al., 1999; Harrison et al., 1997; Kilpatrick et al., 2000; Nelson et al., 2006), a marker of risk for the development of cannabis use disorder (CUD; Anthony & Petronis, 1995; King & Chassin, 2007). "
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