ERIC Number: ED314691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-13
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Psychological Characteristics of Adolescent Males Who Have Been Sexually Abused.
Boisso, Cynthia V.; And Others
While female victims of sexual abuse have received increased attention, male victims continue to be overlooked. Recognition of effects of sexual abuse has been an important step in increasing identification of and treatment for victims of abuse. To assess the characteristics of male victims, sexually abused male (N=13) and female (N=16) adolescents were compared with a contrast group of junior and senior high school students (N=35). Subjects completed psychometric tests assessing clinical syndromes along with subjects' drive or need levels on various characteristics. Compared with the contrast group, sexually abused adolescents perceived life to be more meaningless, perceived less control over their lives, experienced more depression, lacked self-efficacy, and reported less trust of others, among other characteristics. Importantly, few differences were found between male and female abused adolescents, suggesting that the experience and consequences of abuse may not be significantly different for males and females. There clearly is a need for more extensive research to examine the potential differences between sexually abuse males and females. The course of treatment may be different for males and females since males will express their distress differently, with males being more external and females more internal. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (97th, New Orleans, LA, August 11-15, 1989).