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Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 525–548 | Cite as

The psychological impact of sexual abuse: Content analysis of interviews with male survivors

  • David Lisak
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Abstract

Autobiographical interviews with 26 adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim and content analyzed to identify common psychological themes. Approximately equal numbers of men were abused by male and female perpetrators, almost half came from disrupted or violent homes and a majority had a history of substance abuse. Fifteen psychological themes were identified: Anger, Betrayal, Fear, Homosexuality Issues, Helplessness, Isolation and Alienation, Legitimacy, Loss, Masculinity Issues, Negative Childhood Peer Relations, Negative Schemas about People, Negative Schemas about the Self, Problems with Sexuality, Self Blame/Guilt and Shame/Humiliation. The themes are discussed and illustrated with examples drawn from the transcripts.

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sexual abuse male survivors post-traumatic stress disorder 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lisak
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts at BostonBoston

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