Attributions and adjustment following child sexual and physical abuse

Child Maltreat. 2002 Feb;7(1):9-25. doi: 10.1177/1077559502007001002.


Individuals who experience child physical orsexual abuse are at greater risk for adjustment problems. However, the heterogeneity of symptomatology observed across individuals following child abuse suggests that outcome is determined by multiplefactors. The authors review literature examining the relationships among childhood physical or sexual abuse, attributions, and adjustment. Implications for application and future research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control