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Childhood Sexual Experiences with Adults Reported by Female Psychiatric Patients

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

R. L. Palmer*
University of Leicester, and Leicester Health Authority
D. A. Chaloner
Leicester Health Authority
R. Oppenheimer
Leicestershire Social Services Department and Leicester General Hospital
University Department of Psychiatry, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW


A group of 115 female psychiatric in-patients and out-patients were studied, using a self-report questionnaire followed by interview, for evidence of childhood sexual activity with adults. About half of the sample reported some childhood sexual experience, ranging from full sexual intercourse to sexual suggestions. Future research should study the possible role of such experience in the genesis of subsequent psychiatric disorder.

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1992 

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