Child Sexual Abuse History and Feminine Gender-Role Identity


Journal Article

The association between child sexual abuse (CSA) and feminine gender-role identity was examined among 75 women with and 107 without a history of CSA. Undergraduates and hospital employees from a university in the Southern United States completed questionnaires on the internet. Three aspects of feminine identity were assessed, including how much participants identified with feminine versus masculine traits, endorsed stereotypes about women, and viewed themselves as meeting feminine self-standards. Participants with a history of CSA reported greater feminine self-discrepancy and endorsed more derogatory stereotypes about women than the comparison group. CSA was also linked to identifying with more feminine than masculine traits, but only among hospital employees. Results suggest that feminine identity is a meaningful construct to consider in the adjustment of CSA survivors. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krause, ED; Roth, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 32 - 42

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2762

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-0025

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11199-010-9855-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus