Prevalence of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Related Sequelae in a Lesbian Population

  • Susan J. Roberts
  • Lena Sorensen


Purpose: This paper reports on the prevalence of a history of childhood sexual abuse from a national community-based sample of 1633 adult lesbians. Design: The descriptive analysis includes a comparison of mental and physical health variables commonly reported in adult survivors of childhood abuse in two subsamples, one who reported a history of childhood sexual abuse and one who did not. Results: The prevalence of a history of childhood abuse in this sample was higher than some other samples of women. Conclusions: The survivor group reported significantly greater emotional and physical distress and symptoms, and was more likely to have a family history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Lesbian sexual abuse abuse sequelae lesbian health 


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© Gay and Lesbian Medical Association 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan J. Roberts
    • 1
  • Lena Sorensen
    • 2
  1. 1.College of NursingNortheastern UniversityBoston
  2. 2.College of NursingUniversity of MassachusettsBoston

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