Positive mental health in adults reporting sexual abuse in childhood

Bennett, Marissa L. (2015) Positive mental health in adults reporting sexual abuse in childhood. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a history of child sexual abuse can impact Positive Mental Health in Canadian adults and how frequency of child sexual abuse as well as perceived social support impact Positive Mental Health scores for this population. Data was collected from the Canadian Community Health Survey- Mental Health 2012 and included a sample of 20,529 adults aged 18 and older, living across ten provinces. A one-way ANOVA showed a significant difference between Positive Mental Health scores for individuals reporting a history of child sexual abuse compared to those reporting no history of child sexual abuse. A regression analysis found that reported frequency of child sexual abuse did not significantly impact Positive Mental Health scores for individuals reporting child sexual abuse. It also found that perception of social support was positively related to Positive Mental Health scores and accounted for 25% of the variance in Positive Mental Health scores for individuals reporting child sexual abuse. The implications of these findings are discussed in this study.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11641
Item ID: 11641
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-39).
Keywords: Positive Mental Health, Child Sexual Abuse, Social Support
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2015
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Child sexual abuse--Reporting; Adult child sexual abuse victims--Mental health; Psychoanalysis

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