Psychopathology and sexual trauma in childhood and adulthood

Kevin M. Thompson, Ross D. Crosby, Stephen A. Wonderlich, James E. Mitchell, Jennifer Redlin, Gail Demuth, Joshua Smyth, Beth Haseltine

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This study evaluates the occurrence of psychopathology among 97 women who (1) experienced sexual abuse in childhood only, (2) were raped in adulthood only, (3) experienced both childhood sexual abuse and rape in adulthood, or (4) experienced no sexual trauma. Women were recruited from advertisements and assessed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I/P) and the Modified PTSD Symptom Scale Self-Report. Women who reported sexual trauma were significantly more likely to exhibit psychopathology than controls. Being sexually victimized in childhood and raped in adulthood was associated with a particular risk for substance dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of traumatic stress
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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