Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adults Consulting for Sexual Problems

Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adults Consulting for Sexual Problems

Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adults Consulting for Sexual Problems

Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adults Consulting for Sexual Problemss

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Référence bibliographique [17484]

Berthelot, Nicolas, Godbout, Natacha, Hébert, Martine, Goulet, Michel et Bergeron, Sophie. 2014. «Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adults Consulting for Sexual Problems ». Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, vol. 40, no 5, p. 434-443.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study addresses […] the prevalence and correlates associated with a history of childhood sexual abuse in clients consulting for sexual problems. More precisely, the study aims to evaluate the association between CSA [childhood sexual abuse] and depressive symptoms, symptoms of anxiety and couple functioning.» (p. 436)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample consisted of 218 adults (104 men and 114women) consulting for sexual problem (e.g., sexual dysfunction, sexual dissatisfaction).» (p. 436)

Instruments :
Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«Results first suggest that CSA is prevalent in individuals consulting for sex therapy, with close to half of clients reporting a history of CSA. These rates, among women (56%) and men (37%), are more than three times higher than those reported in the general population (Stoltenborgh et al., 2011). CSA thus appears as a central aspect of the clinical presentation of adults consulting for sexual difficulties. A recent study (Hébert, Tourigny, Cyr, McDuff, & Joly, 2009) suggested that most CSA survivors do not disclose (21%) or considerably delay disclosure (58%). […] Second, results indicate that clients of sex therapy with a history of CSA are at risk to present more severe symptoms of psychological distress compared with clients without CSA, and that those who have experienced abuse involving penetration are more likely to have couple functioning issues. Thus, CSA is not only prevalent in individuals presenting sexual difficulties, but it is also associated with a more severe clinical presentation at intake.» (p. 439)