ERIC Number: ED332138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
A Comparison of the Abuse Experiences of Male and Female Adults Molested as Children.
Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A.; Simon, Arthur F.
To determine whether the molestation experiences of boys and girls differ, this study analyzed data from 365 adults (40 male and 325 female) molested as children, and compared findings for males and females on the identity of the perpetrator, age at onset and end of molestation, duration of molestation, type of sexual acts, and whether the molestation was reported to law enforcement. The data were collected at an intake interview administered at the time the adults molested as children entered out-patient treatment. Results of the study indicated that boys and girls were equally likely to be molested by natural fathers. Girls were more likely than boys to be molested by stepfathers; boys were more likely to be molested by friends of the family. Molestation started at the same age for both boys and girls, but lasted longer and ended at a later age for girls. Males and females were equally likely to experience fondling from the waist down and oral intercourse, but there were significant differences for incidence of anal intercourse (more common among boys) and fondling from the waist up (more common among girls). (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.