Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Childhood Sexual Abuse Predicts Alcohol Problems. (Strong Link)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Childhood Sexual Abuse Predicts Alcohol Problems. (Strong Link)

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COLORADO SPRINGS - A history of childhood sexual abuse is one of the strongest predictors of subsequent alcohol problems among women, Sharon C. Wilsnack, Ph.D., reported at a symposium on addictive disorders sponsored by Psychotherapy Associates.

Moreover, data from the large ongoing 22-year longitudinal National Study of Health and Life Experiences of Women demonstrate that a history of childhood sexual abuse is also associated with increased rates of risky sex in adulthood, as well as with increased suicidal ideation without going through other mediators, said Dr. Wilsnack, coprincipal investigator of the study and professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

"What this shows is that even in women who are not in treatment-and this is a study of women in the general population-childhood sexual abuse is still an experience which continues to create enormous adverse effects on women's lives unless there's some intervention. My feeling is this has got to be made a higher societal priority. …

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