The impact of childhood sexual abuse on psychological distress among women in New Zealand

Ross Flett, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Nigel R Long, Carol Benie MacDonald, Michelle M Millar, Bronwyn Clark, Howard C Edwards, Alexandra M Petrik

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25 - 32
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Flett, Ross ; Kazantzis, Nikolaos ; Long, Nigel R ; MacDonald, Carol Benie ; Millar, Michelle M ; Clark, Bronwyn ; Edwards, Howard C ; Petrik, Alexandra M. / The impact of childhood sexual abuse on psychological distress among women in New Zealand. In: Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc. 2012 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 25 - 32.
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The impact of childhood sexual abuse on psychological distress among women in New Zealand. / Flett, Ross; Kazantzis, Nikolaos; Long, Nigel R; MacDonald, Carol Benie; Millar, Michelle M; Clark, Bronwyn; Edwards, Howard C; Petrik, Alexandra M.

In: Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2012, p. 25 - 32.

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