Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 183–197 | Cite as

Female victims of child sexual abuse: Adult adjustment

  • Seymour Parker
  • Hilda Parker


A questionnaire administered to a University sample of 245 female victims of sexual child abuse and 750 nonvictims attempted to determine whether abuse is related to poor adult social and psychological adjustment. The instrument consisted of three outcome measures of adjustment, variables directly related to abuse, perceived satisfaction with early family life, and demographic data. Only one of the outcome measures — the Texas Social Behavior Inventory — yielded a statistically significant difference between the samples. There was a steady, significant and progressive increase in maladjustment between the nonabused, the nonincestuously abused and the incest victims. When controls were applied for levels of satisfaction with early family life, differences between the abused and nonabused samples disappeared. Those abused as children who reported “good treatment” by parents exhibited no ill effects as adults on the TSBI.

Key words

child sexual abuse outcome family-life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour Parker
    • 1
  • Hilda Parker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake City

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