The long-term physical health and healthcare utilization of women who were sexually abused as children

Amy E. Sickel, Jennie G. Noll, Philip J. Moore, Frnak W. Putnam, Penelope K. Trickett

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This article addresses the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and the long-term physical health and healthcare utilization of 148 female participants in an eight-year prospective study. Five factors of physical health emerged: General Health; Vegetative Health Symptoms; Colds and Flu; Gastrointestinal/Gynecological; and Healthcare Utilization. Abused females scored higher on the healthcare utilization and gastrointestinal/gynecological factors than comparison females. Abused females experiencing multiple perpetrators, violence, longer duration and older age at onset endorsed significantly more gastrointestinal/gynecological problems than did the other abused females and the comparison group. Findings suggest that: (1) sexual abuse affects long-term health outcomes and healthcare utilization; and (2) physical health sequelae of abuse may differentially affect females, depending upon the pattern of abuse characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-597
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Delivery of Health Care
Health
Sex Offenses
Age of Onset
Violence
Prospective Studies

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Sickel, Amy E. ; Noll, Jennie G. ; Moore, Philip J. ; Putnam, Frnak W. ; Trickett, Penelope K. / The long-term physical health and healthcare utilization of women who were sexually abused as children. In: Journal of Health Psychology. 2002 ; Vol. 7, No. 5. pp. 583-597.
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