ERIC Number: EJ863259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Are Males and Females Sexually Abused as Children Socially Anxious Adults?
Rojas, Ariz; Kinder, Bill N.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v18 n4 p355-366 2009
It is well documented that childhood sexual abuse is associated with deleterious outcomes in the areas of anxiety, depression, and sexual functioning. However, very little research has been conducted to specifically investigate childhood sexual abuse's relationship to adult social anxiety in both males and females. Participants included 250 undergraduate students from a large metropolitan university. Results indicated that almost one-third of males and a little over a third of females reported being sexually abused as a child or adolescent. Although a large portion of the sample exhibited socially anxious symptomology, childhood sexual abuse did not place males and females at increased risk for social anxiety. The use of a nonclinical, college student sample may provide researchers the opportunity to investigate resiliency in individuals with a history of childhood sexual abuse. (Contains 1 note and 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sexual Abuse, Females, Anxiety, Males, Child Abuse, Correlation, Interpersonal Competence, Gender Differences, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Risk
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory