Maladaptive Daydreaming Is Associated With Intensified Psychosocial Problems Experienced by Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Abstract

We measured maladaptive daydreaming (MD) and psychosocial indices among 194 participants, aged 18-56 years: 99 female survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and 95 control respondents with no reported history of sexual abuse. Our data show that survivors of CSA scored higher on MD compared to controls. Survivors of CSA with probable MD scored higher on psychological distress, social phobia, and social isolation compared to survivors of CSA without suspected MD, implying that MD might exacerbate the psychosocial problems linked with CSA. MD psychological screening of female survivors of CSA and the development of a treatment module for MD could improve the quality of clinical services provided to survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-837
Number of pages13
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

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Keywords

  • child sexual abuse
  • maladaptive daydreaming
  • psychosocial problems
  • trauma survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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