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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Examining sex-related thoughts and feelings of sexually abused and nonabused children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this