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Soc Work Health Care. 1996;23(3):1-16.

Childhood sex abuse in women with chronic intractable back pain.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore 21201, USA.


This study explores the relationship between chronic intractable pain and histories of childhood sexual abuse in 112 women sampled from a large university campus health center. Fifty-nine (59) women with chronic back pain were sampled and compared with 53 control subjects obtained simultaneously from the same clinical population. Results noted that women with chronic intractable back pain had a significantly higher percentage of childhood sexual abuse experiences than controls. A new chronic back pain checklist was used.

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