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Child Abuse Negl. 1995 Jul;19(7):785-92.

Sexual dysfunctions: relationship to childhood sexual abuse and early family experiences in a nonclinical sample.

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Innsbruck University Clinics, Department of Psychiatry, Austria.


Studies investigating a possible relationship between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual dysfunction have reported highly discrepant results. The purpose of the present study was to examine 202 female university students for early familial experience and childhood sexual abuse in relation to adult sexual disorders. Each student was asked to complete three questionnaires on victimization, sexual dysfunction, early familial experiences. Results indicated that: (a) victims of multiple CSA more frequently reported sexual desire disorders and orgasm disorders than did single-incident victims and nonvictims; (b) single-incident victims and nonvictims reported no significantly different rates for any kind of sexual dysfunction; (c) negative early familial experiences were significantly related to any kind of sexual disorder; and (d) women who reported orgasm disorders more often reported an inadequate sex education than did women with another or no sexual dysfunction. The data suggest that both family dysfunction and sexual victimization contribute to sexual disorders in adulthood, and that later sexual disorders are to a large extent the result of sexual abuse-related factors in particular and family dysfunction in general.

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