ERIC Number: ED329330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Mothers and Children Following Sexual Abuse Disclosure: Connections, Boundaries, and the Expression of Symptomatology.
Newberger, Carolyn Moore; And Others
This study focused on: (1) emotional and behavioral symptomatology in children and their mothers following a disclosure of child sexual abuse; (2) the role of victimization experiences in the symptomatology; (3) connections between mothers' and children's experiences of emotional distress following sexual abuse disclosure; (4) differences in agreement between mothers and children on the level of symptomatology the children experienced; and (5) the role of maternal symptomatology in the closeness of mother-child agreement. Participants were 49 sexually abused children between 6 and 12 years of age and their mothers. Findings indicated that maternal adjustment following disclosure affected not only children's adjustment, but also mothers' ability to separate their own emotional experience from their children's. It is concluded that these findings argue for a family perspective in interventions for children who have been sexually abused. (28 references) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Work also supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice.