Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 491–503 | Cite as

Male victims of sexual abuse: An analysis of adolescent psychiatric inpatients

  • David L. Hussey
  • Gerald Strom
  • Mark Singer


All too often it has been assumed that male victims of sexual abuse are simply similar to their female counterparts. The present study compares the psychological and substance use statuses of sexually abused adolescent male psychiatric inpatients with nonsexually abused adolescent male psychiatric inpatients. Data were collected from 166 male patients consecutively admitted to a 24-bed adolescent psychiatric unit. Abused adolescent males showed significant differences in several domains: they used drugs more frequently, were more depressed, had lower self-esteem, were more hopeless about the future, had more difficulty controlling sexual feelings, and were more concerned about their appearance than their nonabused counterparts. Implications for investigation, treatment, and training are discussed.


Social Psychology Male Patient Sexual Abuse Adolescent Male Psychiatric Inpatient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Hussey
    • 1
  • Gerald Strom
    • 1
  • Mark Singer
    • 1
  1. 1.Mandel School of Applied Social SciencesCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland

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