Sexual Abuse

Research as Free Speech?

Elizabeth A. Yeater and Geoffrey F. Miller’s May/June 2014 Observer article on sensitive-topics research describes their Sisyphean attempts to convince their institutional review board (IRB) that questionnaire research on topics such as trauma and sex does not pose more than minimal risk. They dutifully listed the IRB’s objections, which persisted More

Child Abuse Witness Status, Gender, Adult Victimization Risk and Adult Victimization Acknowledgement

Witnessing abuse as a child and adult IPV or rape victimization acknowledgement were assessed. Male witnesses reported higher victimization than non-witnesses. Male and female witnesses were more likely than non-witnesses to acknowledge physical victimization. Male witnesses were less likely to acknowledge sexual victimization. Implications for child abuse witnesses were discussed. More

Predicting Resilience in Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse can have devastating and long-lasting consequences for survivors, yet little research has focused on the factors associated with resiliency following childhood sexual abuse. New research published in Clinical Psychological Science reveals that certain demographic, personality, and abuse-related variables predict the well-being of childhood sexual abuse survivors later More

Sex and Trauma Research Is Less Upsetting to College Students Than Previously Assumed

Research on sex and trauma faces an ethical dilemma: how can we find out more about the effects of such psychologically sensitive topics without hurting the people who participate in the study? Institutional review boards that approve research on human subjects believe that asking people about sex and trauma is More