Title

Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Lives of Black Women

Abstract

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is associated with long-term mental health consequences. This article reviews the results of one longitudinal study, whose sample consisted primarily of African American women. The purpose is to give voice to an understudied group of CSA survivors and to highlight the variability in risk and protective factors. Key findings related to mental health consequences, re-traumatization, and resilience are reviewed and set within the broader context of research on African American women and child sexual abuse. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Publication Date

2002

Journal Title

Women and Therapy

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1300/J015v25n03_04

Document Type

Article