Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

McCabe, Ann,


Psychology, Clinical.




Recently, child sexual abuse (CSA) has become an issue of increasing interest and concern in the social and scientific domains. To date, research on CSA has focused on documenting the incidence, prevalence, and impact of sexual abuse, and the literature is in need of theoretically-driven studies. Accordingly, this study assessed the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumagenic Dynamics (TD) models of CSA. Participants were 603 adult women recruited from two University settings and the Internet, 205 (34%) of whom reported a history of CSA. They completed a series of questionnaires inquiring about their socio-demographic characteristics, childhood experiences and present experiences. The PTSD and TD perspectives were tested using hierarchical multiple regression; the results provide partial support for both formulations of CSA, and suggest that including non-sexual child abuse and parental relationship variables improves prediction in both models. The implications of these findings and future directions for the CSA literature are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .L42. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-09, Section: B, page: 4992. Adviser: Ann McCabe. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.