Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 49–57

Effects of sexual and physical abuse: A comparison of adolescent inpatients

  • Lorraine E. Hart
  • Lothar Mader
  • Kirk Griffith
  • Mary deMendonca
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00706957

Cite this article as:
Hart, L.E., Mader, L., Griffith, K. et al. Child Psych Hum Dev (1989) 20: 49. doi:10.1007/BF00706957

Abstract

The present study was designed to collect descriptive data on a sample of hospitalized adolescents who were victims of sexual and/or physical abuse, and to compare these groups to patients without a history of abuse. A questionnaire was administered to 51 inpatient teenagers at Fort Logan Mental Health Center, a state psychiatric hospital in Denver, Colorado. Information was obtained about, family background, type, extent and duration of abuse, drug and alcohol abuse and self-reported metal health and general adjustment problems. In addition, clinical staff completed the revised Behavior Problem Checklist (1) for the subjects. The results indicated statistic ally significant differences (p<.05) between groups with adolescents who were both physically and sexually abused reporting the most problems. The implications for the findings for treatment are discussed.

Key words

Sexual abuse Physical abuse Adolescence 

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorraine E. Hart
    • 1
  • Lothar Mader
    • 1
  • Kirk Griffith
    • 1
  • Mary deMendonca
    • 3
  1. 1.Cherry Creek SchoolsDenver
  2. 2.Lakewood
  3. 3.Servicios de la Raza Mental Health CenterUSA

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