TITLE

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION IN WOMEN SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN

AUTHOR(S)
Feinauer, Leslie L.
PUB. DATE
December 1989
SOURCE
Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal;Winter89, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p299
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Women who were sexually victimized as children report problems in relating to both men and women. Studies have found that victims are less satisfied with their current sexual relationships and with the quality of their relationships with men in general. Fear of sex, arousal dysfunction and desire dysfunction were the most common sexual disturbances found in incest victims. The purpose of this paper was to examine the differences in sexual functioning in abused women who perceived themselves to be adjusted to the trauma of their sexual abuse and those who did not. A sample of 57 nonclinical adult women who had been sexually abused as children was studied. Data were analyzed by means of cross-tabulation, chi square statistics, analysis of variance, and multiple regression. Orgasm was experienced by 63% of the women. There was a significant interaction among ability to be an orgasmic, sexual esteem and adjustment to abuse. Over 56% of the women experienced physical discomfort during intercourse and 36% indicated that they needed sex therapy. The implications of these and other findings are discussed.
ACCESSION #
24791526

 

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