Prevalence of sexual abuse and psychopathology in imprisoned women
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The present study aimed to describe the prevalence of sexual abuse and psychopathology in a group of imprisoned women. Subjects (N-6) were assessed on the Diagnostic Interview Schedule and interview schedules designed to elicit details concerning prior episodes of sexual abuse. Seventy-three percent of the women had experienced at least one instance of intrafamilial/extrafamilial sexual abuse or both. Only one measure obtained a significant result and that was for high self-esteem in victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse, a finding contrary to that reported in the literature.