Male childhood sexual abuse : long-term effects and their predictors
Spitalnick, Joshua Samuel
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The current study examined the relationship between a history of male childhood sexual abuse (MCSA) and later psychological and sexual adjustment. This study also had the goal of identifying abuse specific characteristics that would best predict later psychological and sexual adjustment. Participants were 420 university men from a large Southeastern university. Twenty-five men were identified as MCSA victims of contact sexual abuse. When compared to a non-MCSA population, no group differences were identified. Due to an insufficient sample size, analyses examining abuse specific characteristics could not be conducted. Additional analyses examining the relationship between a history of male childhood sexual experiences (MCSE), contact and noncontact forms, and psychological and sexual adjustment were also examined. Results yielded significant group differences between MCSE and non-MCSE populations on overall psychological adjustment, quantity of sexual behavior engaged in, and level of sexually aggressive behavior. Implications and limitations of these findings are discussed.