Childhood sexual abuse and psychiatric disorder in young adulthood: I. Prevalence of sexual abuse and factors associated with sexual abuse.

  title={Childhood sexual abuse and psychiatric disorder in young adulthood: I. Prevalence of sexual abuse and factors associated with sexual abuse.},
  author={David Fergusson and Michael T Lynskey and L. John Horwood},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry},
  volume={35 10},
OBJECTIVE To present accounts of the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and social, family, and related factors that are associated with increased risk of CSA, using data gathered during an 18-year longitudinal study of a New Zealand birth cohort. METHOD A birth cohort of more than 1,000 children born in Christchurch (New Zealand) was studied prospectively to the age of 16 years. At age 18, retrospective reports of CSA were obtained. RESULTS Of the cohort, 10.4% (17.3% of females… 

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