Problems in differentiating sexually from nonsexually abused adolescent psychiatric inpatients by self-reported anxiety, depression, internalization, and externalization

Geetha Kumar, Robert A. Steer, Esther Deblinger

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Abstract

To ascertain whether self-reported psychopathology differentiated sexually and nonsexually abused adolescents, the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and the Achenbach Youth Self-Report were administered to 111 psychiatric inpatients between 13 and 17 years of age who were diagnosed with various psychiatric disorders. Data about 14 background and clinical characteristics that were purported to be associated with sexual abuse were also collected. Forty (67%) of the 60 girls reported sexually abusive experiences, whereas six (12%) of the 51 boys reported such experiences. None of the scales was correlated with sexual abuse in either sex, and a history of physical abuse was the only characteristic that was significantly correlated with sexual abuse for both sexes. Furthermore, none of the scales wits correlated with identity of sexual abuser, age of first abuse, age of last abuse, number of abuses, days of abuse, penile insertion, and the reporting of the abuse to the authorities in the sexually abused girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1086
Number of pages8
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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