PROBLEMS: In order to better understand the long-term impact of child sex abuse, this study examined the association between women s experience of abuse, health symptoms, and psychological distress in adulthood. There is limited information about child abuse outside the United States. METHODS: Nine hundred sixty-one women participated in a structured interview. RESULTS: Participants who had experienced abuse (13 ) were significantly more vulnerable to psychological distress in adulthood if they were younger, less satisfied with their standard of living, and resided in urban areas. CONCLUSION: Dissemination and evaluation of therapies for the treatment of sex abuse in the New Zealand context is warranted.
|Pages (from-to)||25 - 32|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|