Examining sex-related thoughts and feelings of sexually abused and nonabused children

Joy B. Cohen, Esther Deblinger, Allyson B. Maedel, Lori B. Stauffer

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    Abstract

    Thoughts, feelings, and fears about sexuality were compared in sexually abused children and nonabused children. Children ranged in age from 9 to 13 years and were matched on sex, age, race, and maternal marital status and education. Sexually abused children reported significantly more sexual anxiety compared to children with no known history of such abuse. Younger children in both the abused and nonabused groups reported higher levels of sexual anxiety and sex-associated fears. Implications of these findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)701-712
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
    Volume14
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1999

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Applied Psychology

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