Gender Differences in Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents: A Multicenter Study in Turkey

SOYLU N., Ayaz M., Gokten E. S., Alpaslan A. H., Donmez Y. E., ÖZCAN Ö., ...More

JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, vol.25, no.4, pp.415-427, 2016 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10538712.2016.1143073
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.415-427
  • Keywords: adolescent, child maltreatment, child, conduct disorder, depressive disorder, gender difference, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, RISK-FACTORS, NATIONAL-SURVEY, PREVALENCE, ADULTHOOD, SMOKING, SYMPTOMS, SURVIVORS, OUTCOMES, VICTIMS, ASSAULT
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study was to examine gender-based differences in abuse-related characteristics and post-abuse psychiatric disorders among sexually abused children and adolescents. The researchers retrospectively examined files, judicial reports, and social examination reports of 1,250 sexually abused youth cases. Results showed that boys were more often victimized by penetration, force, and physical violence. Incidence of sexual abuse by family members, familiar persons, and multiple persons was higher among girls. In addition, a higher rate of major depressive disorder as well as alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking were found in sexually abused girls. No difference was observed between boys and girls in terms of post-traumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, and other mental disorders. Intellectual disability was more frequent in boys.