From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk examines the relation between child sexual abuse (CSA) and adult sexual health outcomes in men and women. An emerging body of literature suggests that children who experience sexual violence are more likely to engage in sexual risk behavior and, consequently, may be vulnerable to many negative reproductive and sexual health problems as adults. These problems include unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and adult sexual violence. In this singular volume, leading researchers and clinicians integrate research from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, traumatology, and prevention science, to bridge the current scientific literatures on CSA, basic trauma research, and clinical practice. Chapters identify the theory and research-based cognitive, affective, social, and behavioral consequences of trauma that influence both sexual health and sexual risk behaviors in adulthood. The volume also highlights new approaches that begin to translate these findings into interventions for people who have experienced CSA. This comprehensive resource delineates an emerging field of research that will help set a new course for study and treatment in the field.
From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk: An Introduction to the Issues; Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Relationships: Review and Perspective; Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Revictimization; Sexual Abuse of Girls and HIV Infection Among Women: Are They Related? Sexual Abuse of Boys: Short- and Long-Term Associations and Implications for HIV Prevention; Cognitive and Attitudinal Paths From Childhood Trauma to Adult HIV Risk; The Link Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior: The Role of Dissociative Tendencies, Information-Processing Effects, and Consensual Sex Decision Mechanisms; Toward a Social-Narrative Model of Revictimization; Childhood Sexual Abuse and Alcohol Use Among Women: Setting the Stage for Risky Sexual Behavior; Translating Traumatic Experiences into Language: Implications for Childhood Abuse and Long-Term Health; Integrating HIV/AIDS Prevention Activities into Psychotherapy for Sexual Abuse Survivors; Child Sexual Abuse and HIV: An Integrative Risk-Reduction Approach; Trauma-Focused Versus Present-Focused Models of Group Therapy for Women Sexually Abused in Childhood; Sexual Assault Revictimization: Toward Effective Risk Reduction Programs; Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Risk: Where Do We Go From Here?