Prevalence and correlates of childhood sexual abuse in adults consulting for sexual problems.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Sex Marital Ther, Volume 40, Issue 5, p.434-43 (2014)


Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Anxiety Disorders, Child Abuse, Sexual, Cross-Sectional Studies, Depressive Disorder, Female, Humans, Male, Marriage, Middle Aged, Object Attachment, Referral and Consultation, Sex Counseling, Sex Factors, Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological, Statistics as Topic, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult


<p>The main objectives of the study were to assess the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in individuals consulting for sexual therapy and to explore the association between a history of childhood sexual abuse and psychological and couple functioning. A sample of 218 adults receiving sex therapy completed questionnaires assessing depressive and anxious symptomatology, as well as dyadic adjustment. Prevalence of childhood sexual abuse was high in women (56%) and men (37%), and clients with a history of childhood sexual abuse were more likely to report psychological and relationship problems. Findings should aware clinicians of the need to assess sexual trauma and related outcomes. </p>

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