Journal article

Childhood sexual abuse and eating disorders in females: findings from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study

L Sanci, C Coffey, CA OLSSON, S Reid, JB Carlin, GC Patton

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine | American Medical Association | Published : 2008

Abstract

Objective: To examine the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) before the age of 16 years and later onset of bulimia and anorexia nervosa symptoms in females. Design: A longitudinal cohort study of adolescents observed from August 1992 to March 2003. The cohort was defined in a 2-stage cluster sample using 44 Australian schools in Victoria. Setting: Population based. Participants: A total of 1936 persons participated at least once and survived to the age of 24 years, including 999 females. The mean (SD) age of females at the start of follow- up was 14.91 (0.39) years; and at completion, 24.03 (0.55) years. Main Exposure: Self-reported CSA before the age of 16 years was a..

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