Family environment and childhood sexual victimization - A test of the buffering hypothesis

The potential of family cohesion and organization to act as buffers against the long-term, negative impact of childhood sexual abuse was examined. College women (N = 266), including 141 who had experienced childhood sexual abuse, completed self-report measures of current depressive symptomatology, s...

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Published in:Journal of interpersonal violence
Main Author: Ray, K. C.
Contributors: Jackson, J. L. (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 1997
In:Journal of interpersonal violence
Year: 1997, Volume: 12, Issue: 1, Pages: 3-17
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Summary:The potential of family cohesion and organization to act as buffers against the long-term, negative impact of childhood sexual abuse was examined. College women (N = 266), including 141 who had experienced childhood sexual abuse, completed self-report measures of current depressive symptomatology, self-esteem, and social adjustment. Family cohesion and organization were measured by the Family Environment Scale. Although no evidence for a buffering effect was indicated, multiple regression analyses revealed that both family characteristics were significantly related to participants' current social and psychological adjustment
ISSN:0886-2605