• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book critically reviews research into child sexual abuse (CSA), and provides a concise and clear guide to current knowledge. The topics covered include: the prevalence of CSA; who molests children; the effects of such abuse, both immediate and long term; the risk factors for abuse; and the influences and interventions that may amplify or ameliorate the impact of CSA on the victim. Areas of debate, such as the false memory syndrome, are approached in terms of the research data relevant to their resolution.

The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adults
The effects of childhood sexual abuse on adults

This chapter examines the extent to which sexual abuse in childhood influences the longer-term social and psychological functioning of those exposed to abuse. The account presents (a) a review of the evidence on the linkages between CSA and later functioning in adulthood, (b) an examination of the methodological and other difficulties in interpreting the available evidence, and (c) a theoretical overview of the ways in which CSA may influence long-term psychological adjustment. More generally, the chapter attempts to provide an overview of the evidence linking CSA exposure to long-term problems in adult life and a commentary on the uncertainties raised by this evidence.

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