Childhood sexual abuse among chronic pain patients

Clin J Pain. 1990 Jun;6(2):110-3. doi: 10.1097/00002508-199006000-00006.


Recent literature indicates a relationship between history of sexual abuse and subsequent psychological and social dysfunction. Less thoroughly examined are the possible abuse-related physical effects. This article examines the prevalence of sexual abuse among 135 chronic pain patients. History of abuse for all patients was determined during initial interview. Twenty-eight percent reported child sexual abuse, with history of victimization more significant for women (39%) than men (7%). The abused and nonabused groups of women differed on such variables as marital status, occupation, history of rape and substance abuse, and age of hospitalization. The relationship between sexual abuse and chronic somatic reactions was discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Pain / psychology*