Prenatal posttraumatic stress symptomatology in pregnant survivors of childhood sexual abuse: A brief report

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Shir Daphna-Tekoa

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Abstract

This study examined prenatal posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology (related to childhood sexual abuse, [CSA]) in pregnant women survivors of CSA compared to pregnant women who did not experience CSA. A convenience sample of 559 mid-pregnant Jewish women, ranging in age from 23 to 36 years (M = 29.24, SD = 4.94), were recruited through the major health funds in Israel. The questionnaire consisted of five scales: a demographic variables scale, the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, the Traumatic Events Questionnaire, and the Childhood Sexual Experiences Scale. Results indicated that PTSD levels were significantly higher among the CSA group than among the comparison group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received 6 June 2006; accepted 19 July 2006. This research was supported by The Israel Science Foundation (Grant 420/04). The results presented in this report are part of a broader longitudinal research program currently being conducted in Israel. Address correspondence to Rachel Lev-Wiesel, University of Haifa, Hacarmel, 31905, Israel. E-mail: rlev@univ.haifa.ac.il

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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