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Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the emotions and behaviours of adult men from three ethnic groups in the USA

Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2014 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the emotions and behaviours of adult men from three ethnic groups in the USA
  • Author: Payne, Jennifer Shepard ; Galvan, Frank H. ; Williams, John K. ; Prusinski, Missy ; Zhang, Muyu ; Wyatt, Gail E. ; Myers, Hector F.
  • Found In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2014 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Childhood Sexual Abuse ; Ethnicity ; Men ; Sexuality ; USA
  • Rights: Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
  • Description: Adult men of different ethnic backgrounds who experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA) may vary in their reports of the psychological and behavioural impact of CSA on their lives. Empirical studies rarely examine the impact of race/ethnicity or cultural context on the psychological and behavioural struggles of adult male CSA survivors. This study utilised qualitative content analysis to examine the reported CSA-related psychological and behavioural challenges of 150 US men, with equal numbers of Blacks, Latinos and non-Latino Whites. Interview data revealed some ethnic differences: Black men more frequently denied having present day adverse effects than other groups. However, Black men who did report negative consequences of CSA discussed difficulties with substance use and hyper-sexualised behaviour more often than other ethnicities. Latino men reported anger, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, flashbacks and communication problems more often than the other two groups. Black and Latino men also discussed guilt/shame issues and sexual identity concerns more often than Whites did. In contrast, White men more frequently discussed issues related to low self-esteem, loneliness and isolation. These findings suggest that ethnically diverse men may respond differently to CSA experiences and that considerations need to be taken into account when providing healthcare to men with CSA histories. Adapted from the source document.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 13691058 ; E-ISSN: 14645351 ; DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.867074

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