The authors interviewed 34 young people who had been sexually abused as
children 6 or 8 years after the abuse had occurred and compared them with
34 control subjects who had not been abused. They also compared subjects
who had been abused for less than 1 year with those who had been abused for
more than 1 year. The findings suggest a link between childhood sexual
abuse and later drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, and criminal behavior.
The authors explore the effects of pretrauma factors of previous childhood
physical abuse and parental modeling of aggression and the postdisclosure
factors of social and family blaming.