Adult Males Sexually Abused as Children: Characteristics and Implications for Treatment

Peter T. Dimock

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Abstract

While the sexual abuse of males is now well documented, the literature lacks sufficient data on the long-term effects for adult males sexually victimized during childhood and is even less informative regarding treatment of this population. This study describes a sample of 25 adult males who were sexually abused as children. The clients’ responses to a questionnaire, case records and clinical observations describe three primary characteristics common among subjects: sexual compulsiveness, masculine identity confusion, and relationship dysfunction. Male socialization appears to be a key variable in explaining the difficulty men have in acknowledging the abuse as well as an underlying dynamic that must be considered in the overall treatment approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1988

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