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Masculine norms, disclosure, and childhood adversities predict long-term mental distress among men with histories of child sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.author Easton, S. D.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-14T18:38:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-14T18:38:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Easton, S. D. (2014). Masculine norms, disclosure, and childhood adversities predict long-term mental distress among men with histories of child sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(2), 243-251. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213413002512
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3727
dc.description.abstract Child sexual abuse (CSA) can have a profound effect on the long-term mental health of boys/men. However, not all men with histories of CSA experience psychopathology. To improve prevention and intervention services, more research is needed to understand why some male survivors experience mental health problems and others do not. The purpose of this study was to examine factors related to mental distress among a large, non-clinical sample of men with histories of CSA (N = 487). Using a cross-sectional design with purposive sampling from three national survivor organizations, data were collected through an anonymous Internet-based survey. Multivariate analyses found that only one of the four CSA severity variables—use of physical force by the abuser—was related to mental distress. Additional factors that were related to mental distress included the number of other childhood adversities, years until disclosure, overall response to disclosure, and conformity to masculine norms. Overall, the final model predicted 36% of the variance in the number of mental health symptoms. Mental health practitioners should include masculine norms, disclosure history, and childhood adversities in assessments and intervention planning with male survivors. To more fully explicate risk factors for psychopathology in this population, future studies with probability samples of men that focus on mediational processes and use longitudinal designs are needed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Child Abuse & Neglect en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject male survivors en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.subject Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.title Masculine norms, disclosure, and childhood adversities predict long-term mental distress among men with histories of child sexual abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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