Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Childhood sexual abuse and adulthood mortality in veterans treated for combat-related PTSD
by Kelly, Caroline M., Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2011, 103; 3464853
Abstract (Summary)

Adverse childhood experiences, such as sexual abuse, have consistently been found to be associated with negative health-related outcomes in adulthood. Combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at particular risk for such outcomes, as this population has been shown to report elevated rates of childhood sexual abuse. Research also suggests that combat veterans with PTSD are at increased risk for early mortality and behavioral causes of death, such as suicide, accidents, and homicide. However, despite the high rates of early mortality and childhood abuse among veterans with combat-related PTSD, to date, the relationship between these phenomena within this population has yet to be assessed. The current study examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and mortality in a sample of 1,866 male Vietnam-era U.S. combat veterans who sought residential treatment for PTSD. It was hypothesized that a history of childhood sexual abuse would be associated with elevated rates of both early mortality and behavioral causes of death. However, one-way ANOVAs did not reveal any significant differences in vital status or cause of death. Analyses did, however, yield descriptive data on the nature of the abuse experienced by the sample and the characteristics of the abuse perpetrators. These findings and their implications for treatment are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Foy, David
Commitee: Drescher, Kent, de Mayo, Robert
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Military studies
Keywords: Adverse childhood experiences, Childhood sexual abuse, Mortality, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Veterans
Publication Number: 3464853
ISBN: 978-1-124-81657-9
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