Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 507–523 | Cite as

Educational, occupational, and relationship histories of men who were sexually and/or physically abused as children

  • David Lisak
  • Laura Luster


Ninety men (mean age 26) at an urban Northeastern university were administered a self-report assessment of their early sexual and physical abuse experiences, and their educational, occupational, relationship, and substance abuse histories. Subjects were classified as sexually abused according to criteria used by Wyatt (1985) and Finkelhor (1979). Sixteen men (17.8%) experienced sexual abuse alone, 22 men (24.4%) physical abuse alone, 15 men (16.7%) both sexual and physical abuse, and 37 men (41.1%) were classified as nonabused. Of the 31 men who reported sexual abuse, 24 (77.4%) were contact, the rest noncontact. Sexually abused men reported significantly greater difficulties than nonabused men at all levels of education: grade school, high school and college. They also reported more negative job experiences and more negative experiences in relationships. Physically abused men showed a similar but less pervasive pattern of difficulties. Substance abuse was significantly more prevalent among both sexually and physically abused men than among nonabused subjects.

Key words

sexual abuse male survivors physical abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lisak
    • 1
  • Laura Luster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts-BostonBoston

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