Level of postassault sexual functioning in rape and incest victims

Judith V. Becker, Linda J. Skinner, Gene G. Abel, Joan Cichon

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Abstract

In a systematic study, 372 sexual assault survivors and 99 women with no history of sexual assault were interviewed with regard to their sexual histories to determine the incidence and types of sexual dysfunctions in these two samples. The women also completed the Sexual Arousability Inventory. Of the sexual assault survivors, 58.6% of the women were experiencing sexual dysfunctions, with 71% of them reporting that their sexual assaults were related to their development of sexual problems. In contrast, only 17.2% of the nonassaulted women reported experiencing any sexual problems. Differences in the types of sexual problems experienced by the two samples are noted, as are treatment implications. The sensitivity of the Sexual Arousability Inventory to assault-related sexual dysfunctions was affected by the educational level of the sexual assault survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-49
Number of pages13
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1986

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Keywords

  • Sexual Arousability Inventory
  • sexual assault survivors (victims)
  • sexual dysfunctions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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