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The impact of sexual abuse on female development

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The impact of sexual abuse on female development

Post  Admin on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:25 pm

The impact of sexual abuse on female development: Lessons from a multigenerational, longitudinal research study
Penelope K. Trickett1, Jennie G. Noll2 and Frank W. Putnam2
a1 University of Southern California
a2 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


This is a report on the research design and findings of a 23-year longitudinal study of the impact of intrafamilial sexual abuse on female development.
Results of many analyses, both within circumscribed developmental stages and across development, indicated that sexually abused females (on average) showed deleterious sequelae across a host of biopsychosocial domains including: earlier onsets of puberty, cognitive deficits, depression, dissociative symptoms, maladaptive sexual development, hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal attenuation, asymmetrical stress responses, high rates of obesity, more major illnesses and healthcare utilization, dropping out of high school, persistent posttraumatic stress disorder, self-mutilation, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnoses, physical and sexual revictimization, premature deliveries, teen motherhood, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. Offspring born to abused mothers were at increased risk for child maltreatment and overall maldevelopment.

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Development and Psychopathology (2011), 23: 453-476


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