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Child Abuse Negl. 1988;12(1):51-9.

Symptomatology associated with childhood sexual victimization in a nonclinical adult sample.

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  • 1University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.


The current study examined the incidence and long-term effects of sexual abuse in a nonclinical sample of adult women. Approximately 15% of 278 university women reported having had sexual contact with a significantly older person before age 15. On a modified version of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist, these women reported higher levels of dissociation, somatization, anxiety, and depression than did nonabused women. Abuse-related symptomatology was positively associated with the age of the abuser, the total number of abusers, use of force during victimization, parental incest, completed intercourse, and extended duration of time.

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