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Childhood sexual abuse. Women's health when starting in group therapy
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
School of Social Work, Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, Vol. 58, no 1, 25-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Childhood sexual abuse has been shown to be common among adult women, 15-30% in prevalence studies, and among mentally ill women, 25-77%. These women often suffer from depression, anxiety, sexual and relationship problems. Suicide attempts and self-destructive behaviour are common. Within the Department of Psychiatry at Lund University Hospital, 45 women with experiences of childhood sexual abuse were offered a 2-year-long trauma-focused group therapy. They were well educated but 27% were unemployed. Nearly half of the group had made suicide attempts, 87% had had suicidal thoughts and, according to the questionnaire SCL-90, they were suffering from psychiatric symptoms significantly to a greater degree than both a general group and a clinical group with mixed diagnoses. According to the questionnaire ISSI, they were less well socially integrated than both a general group and a clinical group, and the degree of social adjustment according to the questionnaire SAS-SR was lower than in a general group. The study shows that childhood sexually abused women seeking therapy are a symptom-burdened group. These women probably need psychiatric treatment of a particular character. Special group therapy for these women can potentially improve their health. © 2004 Taylor and Francis.

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2004. Vol. 58, no 1, 25-32 p.
Keyword [en]
Group therapy, Sexual abuse, Women's health
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45795DOI: 10.1080/08039480310000752OAI: diva2:266691
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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