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Citation

Mathews S, Abrahams N, Jewkes R. J. Child Sex. Abus. 2013; 22(6): 639-657.

Affiliation

South African Medical Research Council , Cape Town , South Africa.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/10538712.2013.811137

PMID

23924175

Abstract

Large numbers of children are affected by child sexual abuse in South Africa. This study aimed to assess psychological adjustment of children post sexual assault. In-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with caretakers, and structured interviews using mental health assessment screening tools were given to children at three intervals over a five-month period after presentation at a sexual assault center. Almost half of the children met clinical criteria for anxiety, and two-thirds met criteria for full symptom post-traumatic stress disorder two to four weeks post disclosure. With standard care, we observed some recovery; 43.3% of children still met full symptom post-traumatic stress disorder nearly six months postdisclosure. Our findings indicate that current practice in South Africa does not promote adequate recovery for children.


Language: en

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