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ERIC Number: ED310312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 31
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A Comparison of Therapy Outpatients with Intra-Family and Extra-Family Sexual Abuse and Patients without Sexual Abuse.
Gregory-Bills, Therese
Many recent studies have investigated the persisting negative impact of childhood and adolescent sexual victimization on later adult psychological functioning and adjustment. This study assessed psychopathology in a clinical sample of 30 women with histories of intra-familial sexual victimization, 22 women with histories of extra-familial sexual victimization, and 30 women with no victimization experiences, using the Diagnostic Inventory of Personality and Symptoms (DIPS.) The study examined whether the relative/non-relative issue was significant to the impact of sexual victimization experiences. All sexually victimized individuals in the sample had scores significantly different from individuals with no sexual victimization histories on the Affective Depressed, Dissociative Disorder, and Neurotic Character Scales. Based on the primary Axis I diagnosis obtained from DIPS, the clinical sample of individuals with incest and sexual abuse histories were indistinguishable pathologically from each other, though distinguishable from those in the sample with no histories of sexual victimization. This finding suggests that the relative/non-relative issue is irrelevant to the impact of sexual victimization experiences. Both pathological family dynamics and similar victimization experiences are in a large part responsible for the similarities found in this sample. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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