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Childhood and adult sexual abuse: Relationships with 'addictive' or 'problem' behaviours and health

Plant, Moira; Plant, Martin; Miller, Patrick


Moira Plant

Martin Plant

Patrick Miller


Questions concerning sexual abuse before and after the age of 16 years were included in a general population survey of a representative sample of 1052 UK women and 975 UK men. In relation to women 12.5% reported experiencing some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16 years. The corresponding figures for men in this category were 11.7%. After the age of 16 the figure for women remained at this level. However the proportion of men reporting these traumatic experiences dropped to 3.2%. Sexual abuse both pre and post age 16 was associated with 'addictive' or 'problem' behaviours such as those associated with eating too much (for women), sexual activity and Internet use (for men). © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


Plant, M., Plant, M., & Miller, P. (2005). Childhood and adult sexual abuse: Relationships with 'addictive' or 'problem' behaviours and health. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 24(1), 25-38.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Feb 18, 2005
Journal Journal of Addictive Diseases
Print ISSN 1055-0887
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 25-38
Keywords UK adults, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, addiction, problem behaviours, health
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