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J Child Sex Abus. 2014;23(3):326-44. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2014.888123.

Social relationships in sexually abused children: self-reports and teachers' evaluation.

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a Université du Québec à Montréal , Montréal , Québec , Canada.


This study aimed to explore the social relationships of child victims of sexual abuse using both self-reports and teachers' ratings. Participants were 93 child victims of sexual abuse and a comparison group of 75 nonvictims. Teachers' assessments revealed that sexually abused children displayed greater social skill problems compared to same-age, nonabused peers and were more likely to display social difficulties nearing clinical levels. Analyses indicated that sexually abused children presented lower levels of interpersonal trust in people surrounding them yet a marginally higher level of trust in peers compared to nonabused children. Sense of loneliness and feeling different from peers did not differ between groups.


child sexual abuse; interpersonal adjustment; loneliness; peers; social skills; teacher ratings; trust

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