ABSTRACT

Briere and Elliott (1994) have reviewed the extensive research linking child sexual abuse (CSA) with adult psychopathology. Despite the potential flaws in retrospective research (Briere, 1992), there is a general consensus that CSA is related to serious problems in adulthood, for example:

Depreciated self-concept

Unstable personal relationships

Self-harm and dangerous lifestyles (e.g., prostitution)

Chronic emotional distress and suicidal behavior

Substance abuse and addiction

Dissociation, conversion, and somatization

Sexual dysfunction

Revictimization and sexual offending