The Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse, Posttraumatic Growth, Gender Role Conflict, and Adult Mental Health
The current study examined posttraumatic growth, gender role conflict, and current mental health status in a sample of adult male college students who had experienced sexual abuse at an early age. Participants completed five questionnaires that assessed demographic information, levels of experienced abuse (Childhood Sexual Experiences Questionnaire [CSEQ]; Bartoi & Kinder, 1998), levels of posttraumatic growth (Posttraumatic Growth Inventory [PTGi]; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996), how closely males adhere to gender norms (Gender Role Conflict Scale [GRCS]; O’Neil et al., 1986), and current mental health status (Trauma Symptom Checklist – 40 [TSC-40]; Briere & Runtz, 1989, Briere, 1996). Correlational statistics and regression analyses were utilized to test the following hypotheses: (1) higher scores on the CSEQ will be correlated with higher scores on the TSC-40; (2) higher scores on the PTGi will mediate the relationship between CSEQ scores and TSC-40 scores; (3) lower GRCS scores will mediate the relationship between CSEQ scores and scores for TSC-40; and (4) GRCS scores will predict the outcome of the TSC-40 scores above and beyond the variance explained by the PTGi.
Clyde J Johnson,
"The Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse, Posttraumatic Growth, Gender Role Conflict, and Adult Mental Health"
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