ERIC Number: ED332136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Abuse that Influence When Adults Molested as Children Seek Treatment.
Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A.
This study explored the relationship between characteristics of abuse and time before seeking treatment for adults molested as children. Those who sought early treatment were called early presenters; those who sought treatment later in life were called late presenters. Data were collected from intake interviews of 364 adults molested as children. Data were analyzed using Stepwise Multiple Linear Regression. The results indicated that age at onset of abuse, duration of abuse, whether the abuse was reported to law enforcement, and the number of sexual acts were all factors significantly related to the number of years between the end of molestation and seeking treatment. Each factor was individually related to time before seeking treatment, but the combination of these factors significantly increased predictive value and accounted for a 36% percentage of the variance. The directions of the correlations indicated that those who came to treatment early had reported their abuse to law enforcement, were older when abuse began, had an abuse of long duration, and experienced more sexual acts. Overall, these results indicated that there were at least two distinct patterns of abuse that related to when adults molested as children presented themselves for treatment. (Author/BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Family Research Lab.