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Exploring the Relationship Between Childhoood Sexual Abuse and Substance Use Among Women

Graham, Patricia (2010) Exploring the Relationship Between Childhoood Sexual Abuse and Substance Use Among Women. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Childhood sexual abuse can lead to a lifetime of negative health outcomes and disorders. These outcomes include problems of substance use, other high-risk behaviors, and psychological and biological disorders with increasing rates of morbidity and mortality, thus making this relationship a significant public health issue. This literature review focuses on the relationship of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) to substance use disorders and problem use in women. The rate of substance use and abuse among women is significantly higher in CSA victims than in the general population. However, this relationship is very complex due to various other factors found to play a role in this relationship. Literature on third factors (e.g., PTSD, neurobiological disorders, poor social outcomes, depression, other forms of abuse, and family and environmental factors), are examined for their possible role in this relationship and their implications for treatment of childhood sexual abuse and substance use.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date: 28 June 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 2 April 2010
Approval Date: 28 June 2010
Submission Date: 11 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: alcohol abuse; alcohol use; child maltreatment; child neglect; childhood sexual abuse; substance abuse; substance use
Other ID:, etd-04112010-202248
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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