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Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study.

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Guiney, H; Caspi, A; Ambler, A; Belsky, J; Kokaua, J; Broadbent, J; Cheyne, K; Dickson, N; Hancox, RJ; Harrington, H; Hogan, S; Ramrakha, S ...
Published in: Development and psychopathology
February 2024

The aim of this study was to use longitudinal population-based data to examine the associations between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and risk for adverse outcomes in multiple life domains across adulthood. In 937 individuals followed from birth to age 45y, we assessed associations between CSA (retrospectively reported at age 26y) and the experience of 22 adverse outcomes in seven domains (physical, mental, sexual, interpersonal, economic, antisocial, multi-domain) from young adulthood to midlife (26 to 45y). Analyses controlled for sex, socioeconomic status, prospectively reported child harm and household dysfunction adverse childhood experiences, and adult sexual assault, and considered different definitions of CSA. After adjusting for confounders, CSA survivors were more likely than their peers to experience internalizing, externalizing, and thought disorders, suicide attempts, health risk behaviors, systemic inflammation, poor oral health, sexually transmitted diseases, high-conflict relationships, benefit use, financial difficulties, antisocial behavior, and cumulative problems across multiple domains in adulthood. In sum, CSA was associated with multiple persistent problems across adulthood, even after adjusting for confounding life stressors, and the risk for particular problems incremented with CSA severity. The higher risk for most specific problems was small to moderate, but the cumulative long-term effects across multiple domains reflect considerable individual and societal burden.

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Development and psychopathology

DOI

EISSN

1469-2198

ISSN

0954-5794

Publication Date

February 2024

Volume

36

Issue

1

Start / End Page

219 / 235

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Social Class
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant
  • Humans
 

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Guiney, H., Caspi, A., Ambler, A., Belsky, J., Kokaua, J., Broadbent, J., … Poulton, R. (2024). Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study. Development and Psychopathology, 36(1), 219–235. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579422001146
Guiney, Hayley, Avshalom Caspi, Antony Ambler, Jay Belsky, Jesse Kokaua, Jonathan Broadbent, Kirsten Cheyne, et al. “Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study.Development and Psychopathology 36, no. 1 (February 2024): 219–35. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579422001146.
Guiney H, Caspi A, Ambler A, Belsky J, Kokaua J, Broadbent J, et al. Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study. Development and psychopathology. 2024 Feb;36(1):219–35.
Guiney, Hayley, et al. “Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study.Development and Psychopathology, vol. 36, no. 1, Feb. 2024, pp. 219–35. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579422001146.
Guiney H, Caspi A, Ambler A, Belsky J, Kokaua J, Broadbent J, Cheyne K, Dickson N, Hancox RJ, Harrington H, Hogan S, Ramrakha S, Righarts A, Thomson WM, Moffitt TE, Poulton R. Childhood sexual abuse and pervasive problems across multiple life domains: Findings from a five-decade study. Development and psychopathology. 2024 Feb;36(1):219–235.
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Published In

Development and psychopathology

DOI

EISSN

1469-2198

ISSN

0954-5794

Publication Date

February 2024

Volume

36

Issue

1

Start / End Page

219 / 235

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Social Class
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant
  • Humans