ERIC Number: EJ690305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: 38
The Relationship of Childhood Sexual Abuse to the Marital Attitudes and Readiness for Marriage of Single Young Adult Women
Larson, Jeffry H.; LaMont, Craig
Journal of Family Issues, v26 n4 p415-430 May 2005
This study investigated the relationship of childhood sexual abuse to marital attitudes and perceived readiness for marriage in single young adult women. A total of 622 women from three universities in the United States completed questionnaires on sexual abuse, attitudes and feelings about marriage, and readiness for marriage. After controlling for age, childhood sexual abuse was found to be related to more negative attitudes about marriage, more negative feelings about marriage, less readiness for marriage, and a longer perceived waiting period before marriage. Implications for premarital counseling and education for victims of childhood sexual abuse are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Questionnaires, Negative Attitudes, Marriage, Females, Young Adults, Children, Sexual Abuse, Counseling, Family Attitudes, Readiness
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