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Long term effects of child abuse

Signs of an adult survivor
Long term effects
Reasons for different effects of sexual abuse on individual victims
Getting professional help
The therapeutic process
Treatment strategies
Reinterpretating the sexual abuse experience from an adult perspective
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Adult survivors are subject to a substantial array of long-term aftereffects of their abuse. These effects include sexual dysfunction; depression, suicidality, and guilt; isolation and disturbed interpersonal relationships, post-traumatic stress symptomatology; physical, sexual, or emotional victimization; substance abuse and other self-destructive behaviour; and various somatic complaints (Britcher, 1986; Gross et al., 1980; Tsai and Wagner, 1978; Van Buskirk and Cole, 1983).

Studies have shown that adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, when compared to similar, non-abused individuals, have demonstrated more marital and family conflict and physical and sexual problems; more adolescent turbulence; less sexual activity and greater amounts of sexual anxiety, guilt, and dissatisfaction; more guilt related to sexual issues; more life trauma, more sexual dysfunction, a higher level of stress during recovery from alcoholism, and a younger age of onset of problem drinking; and more depression, lower self-esteem, less assertiveness, more sexual dysfunction, and more physical/sexual abuse (Draucker, 1992)

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