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J Abnorm Psychol. 2000 Feb;109(1):20-5.

Prior interpersonal trauma: the contribution to current PTSD symptoms in female rape victims.

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Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis 63121, USA. pnishith@umsl.edu

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to disentangle the relationship of childhood sexual abuse and childhood physical abuse from prior adult sexual and physical victimization in predicting current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in recent rape victims. The participants were a community sample of 117 adult rape victims assessed within 1 month of a recent index rape for a history of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, other adult sexual and physical victimization, and current PTSD symptoms. Results from path analyses showed that a history of child sexual abuse seems to increase vulnerability for adult sexual and physical victimization and appears to contribute to current PTSD symptoms within the cumulative context of other adult trauma.

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