Title

Youth sexual exploitation on the internet: DSM-IV diagnoses and gender differences in co-occurring mental health issues

Abstract

This paper explores conventional (non-Internet-related) mental health issues and DSM-IV diagnoses seen among a sample of 512 youth receiving mental health services for an Internet-related problem, with particular attention to victims of online sexual exploitation. Youth victims of online sexual exploitation were more likely to have a post-traumatic stress disorder than youth with other Internet-related problems. Specific attention was given to differences among subgroups of female and male youth victims of online sexual exploitation as compared with same-gender youth with other Internet-related problems. Findings suggest the importance of including Internet use and victimization as part of a standard clinical assessment.

Publication Date

6-2007

Journal Title

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Publisher

Springer

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10560-007-0083-z

Document Type

Article

Rights

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.