Spiritual Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adult Christian Women

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Summer 1995
Title
Spiritual Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adult Christian Women
Abstract

Long-term spiritual functioning in adult Christian women who had been sexually abused as children was the focus of this study. The Religious Status Inventory was completed by 75 women divided into three groups: 33 abused clinical subjects, 20 nonabused clinical subjects, and 22 nonabused nonclinical subjects. The abused group demonstrated significantly lower spiritual functioning than both of the other groups on the total score as well as on four of the eight subscales of the rsi. There were no significant differences between the nonabused clinical group and the nonclinical control group. It appears that sexual abuse adversely impacts spiritual functioning in three broad areas: a sense of being loved and accepted by God, a sense of community with others, and trust in God's plan and purpose for the future.

Author
T.A. Hall
Pages
129 - 134
Price
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