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Sexual abuse and associations with psychosocial aspects of health. A population-based study with Swedish adolescents
Lund University.
Lund University.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 64, no 1, 40-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Few population-based Nordic studies with adolescents investigate the associations between sexual abuse (SA) and psychosocial health. Aim: Associations between adolescents self-reported experiences of SA different severity and aspects of psychosocial health such as emotional and behavioral problems, sense of coherence and self-esteem were investigated. Methods: A school-based study with 1107 Swedish high school seniors was conducted. The students completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC), I think I am and a self-report survey that included questions about SA, socio-demographic variables and family variables. Results: SA was related to more emotional and behavioral problems, weaker SOC and lower self- esteem when compared with non-abuse. There was also a dose-response effect insofar as more severe abuse was related to poorer psychosocial health. When adjusted for socio-demographic and family-related variables, the associations between penetrating SA and most of the health variables weakened or disappeared. SOC was associated with penetrating SA even after adjustment. Conclusions: This population-based study suggests that SA should not be regarded as an isolated factor in relation to psychosocial health as the associations at a group level may be smaller than expected. Among a number of covariates, family variables such as parental bonding showed to be especially important. Sense of Coherence may be of special interest in further research and clinical treatment.

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Informa Healthcare , 2010. Vol. 64, no 1, 40-48 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescents; Psychosocial health; Self-report; Sense of coherence; Sexual abuse
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58459DOI: 10.3109/08039480903265769ISI: 000273780200007OAI: diva2:343150
Original Publication: Gisela Priebe, Kjell Hansson and Carl Göran Svedin, Sexual abuse and associations with psychosocial aspects of health. A population-based study with Swedish adolescents, 2010, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, (64), 1, 40-48. Copyright: Informa Healthcare Available from: 2010-08-12 Created: 2010-08-11 Last updated: 2010-09-02

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