- • Childhood sexual abuse has been associated with the increased risk of developing mental illness in adulthood. It has also been associated with increased frequency of relapse, hospital admission, and suicidal and self-harming behaviour.
- • The literature relating to childhood sexual abuse enquiry in acute mental health settings is limited in quantity and is of moderate to poor quality.
- • This review has revealed that mental health professionals do not routinely enquire about childhood sexual abuse in acute mental health settings.
- • This review recommends that mental health service providers introduce mandatory enquiry about childhood sexual abuse into routine mental health assessment. This enquiry should be supported by staff training.