This research was supported by a grant from the New Zealand Accident Rehabilitation and Insurance Corporation (ACC).
The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Psychological Distress Among Women in New Zealand
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 25–32, February 2012
How to Cite
Flett, R. A., Kazantzis, N., Long, N. R., MacDonald, C., Millar, M., Clark, B., Edwards, H. and Petrik, A. M. (2012), The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Psychological Distress Among Women in New Zealand. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25: 25–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2011.00311.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Child sex abuse;
- risk factors;
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.