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Psychological sequelae in adult females reporting childhood ritualistic abuse.
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PMID:  7583756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study sought to increase current scientific knowledge about the controversial issue of subjectively reported childhood ritualistic abuse by addressing several key unresolved issues. In particular, the possibility that those reporting ritualistic abuse may be characterized primarily by the severity of their abuse histories or the severity of their present psychological symptoms, rather than the veridicality of the ritualistic events, was explored. Adult female outpatients reporting childhood sexual abuse with ritualistic features were compared with a second group of women who reported childhood sexual abuse without ritualism. Measures included characteristics of childhood sexual and physical abuse, current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnostic status and symptom severity, and severity of current dissociative experiences. Women reporting ritualistic features scored significantly higher on measures of childhood sexual and physical abuse. Neither PTSD diagnostic status nor severity for PTSD nor dissociative experiences were significantly different between the groups. While preliminary in nature, these results suggest that it may be helpful to conceptualize reported childhood ritualistic abuse as indicative of the need to assess carefully for severe abuse and its predictable sequelae within existing traumatic victimization conceptual frameworks.
K J Lawrence; L Cozolino; D W Foy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child abuse & neglect     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0145-2134     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Abuse Negl     Publication Date:  1995 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-12-28     Completed Date:  1995-12-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801702     Medline TA:  Child Abuse Negl     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  975-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / psychology
Ceremonial Behavior*
Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
Child, Preschool
Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
Personality Assessment
Personality Development*
Risk Factors
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis,  psychology*
Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
Violence / psychology

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