Title

Child Sexual Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Role of Age at First Use of Substances and Lifetime Traumatic Events

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Abstract

This study explores cross-sectional relationships among childhood sexual abuse (CSA), lifetime traumatic events (LTEs), age at first use of substances, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 644 low-income substance abusing women. History of CSA covaried with earlier age at substance use and higher reported rates of LTEs. Association between firstuse and LTEs was inconclusive. Both CSA and LTEs predicted PTSD with a partial mediation effect by LTEs. However, first use did not mediate the relationship between CSA and LTEs, rather, CSA directly contributed to increased rates of LTEs.

Comments

Published as:
Raghavan, Chitra and Sharon Kingston. "Child Sexual Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Role of Age at First Use of Substances and Lifetime Traumatic Events." Journal of Traumatic Stress 19, no. 2 (2006): 269-78.

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DOI

10.1002/jts.20117

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