The long-term sequelae of sexual abuse: Support for a complex posttraumatic stress disorder

  title={The long-term sequelae of sexual abuse: Support for a complex posttraumatic stress disorder},
  author={Caron Zlotnick and Audrey L. Zakriski and M Tracie Shea and Ellen Costello and Ann Begin and Teri B. Pearlstein and Elizabeth B Simpson},
  journal={Journal of Traumatic Stress},
This study examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and symptoms of a newly proposed complex posttraumatic stress disorder or disorder of extreme stress not otherwise specified (DESNOS). Compared to 34 women without histories of sexual abuse, 74 survivors of sexual abuse showed increased severity on DESNOS symptoms of somatization, dissociation, hostility, anxiety, alexithymia, social dysfunction, maladaptive schemas, self-destruction, and adult victimization. In addition, a… 

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