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Log in through your institution. Relatively few empirical studies have addressed long-range effects of childhood sexual experiences. This study examined the relationships of various childhood sexual experiences to adult functioning in five areas: a family relations, b depression, c marital satisfaction, d sexual satisfaction, and e self-esteem.
A retrospective survey was conducted with a sample of predominantly middle-class women. No clinical or offender populations were used. Five standardized scales were used as dependent variables.
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On none of the five variables were the scores of women with childhood sexual experiences ificantly different from those of women with no childhood sexual experiences. However, the interactions of negative experiences, such as the use of force and abusive behavior, with the type of partner, such as a parent or other relative, were ificantly associated with adult functioning.
Some of the findings challenge commonly held beliefs and have far-reaching implications for the helping professions and others who study human sexuality. The Journal of Sex Research JSR is a scholarly journal devoted to the publication of articles relevant to the variety of disciplines involved in the scientific study of sexuality.
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Custom alerts when new content is added. Abstract Relatively few empirical studies have addressed long-range effects of childhood sexual experiences. Journal Information The Journal of Sex Research JSR is a scholarly journal devoted to the publication of articles relevant to the variety of disciplines involved in the scientific study of sexuality.