Variables in delayed disclosure of childhood sexual abuse

Eli Somer, Sharona Szwarcberg

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In a study of 41 adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the level of childhood traumatization was found to have contributed to delayed disclosure of the abuse. Other delaying variables included: belief in the importance of obedience to grownups, mistrust of people, fear of social rejection, and fear of the criminal justice system. Variables such as media attention to similar cases and experiences of personal achievement were inversely related to the age at disclosure. Recommendations for policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-341
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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