Factors associated with an increased impact of child sexual abuse

Child Abuse Negl. 1987;11(2):201-11. doi: 10.1016/0145-2134(87)90059-7.


Data is presented identifying factors associated with the impact of sexual abuse on children. A group of 369 sexually abused children and a comparison group of 318 children recruited from the community were compared on a parent-completed behavior rating scale. Data describing the abused children were also available from a 38-item symptom checklist completed by the child's social worker. Using a score based on the symptom checklist as the measure of the impact of sexual abuse, 15 variables were in the final regression equation explaining 42% of the variance in impact. Using a score based on parent-generated data, 5 variables were in the final equation explaining 20% of the variance. The significance of the variables in identifying factors associated with an increased impact of abuse is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child Reactive Disorders / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests