Long-Term Risks Associated With Childhood Sexual Abuse

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8 pages in length. Enduring childhood sexual abuse establishes a precedent for psychopathological responses into adulthood; anxiety, depression, obsessive/compulsive behavior, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are but a few of the manifestation when children are exposed to this mentally and physically invasive form of child abuse. Research has made a particularly pertinent connection between the onset of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in people who suffered sexual abuse as children; with females reflecting the vast majority of those who experience sexual abuse (Fergusson et al, 1996), this fact equates to women displaying a greater propensity toward BPD. Bibliography lists 10 sources.