Consensual Sexual Behaviors and Experiences of College Women Following a History of Child Sexual Abuse

by DeNardi, Kathleen A.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examined sexual behaviors and activity among adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Participants in the study included 403 undergraduate women. Survivors of CSA (n = 17) engaged in consensual sexual activity and intercourse with more partners, and at earlier ages, than nonvictims. CSA survivors engaged in dysfunctional sexual behaviors and tension-reducing behaviors at higher rates than nonvictims. Adolescent abuse survivors and women with both CSA and adolescent abuse reported higher levels of sexual concerns and risky sexual behavior compared to nonvictims and the CSA-only group. This study examined possible reasons for sexual activity engaged in by sexual abuse survivors. Findings indicated that women with and without sexual abuse histories differed in their reasons for engaging in sexual activity. The concept of promiscuity following sexual abuse was explored, defining promiscuity not only by number of consensual partners, but also by the nonsexual needs attained by acting out sexually.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:child sexual abuse


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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