Adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation versus sexually abused adolescents

Jon A. Shaw, John E. Lewis, Harvey A. Chitiva, Andrew R. Pangilinan

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Abstract

We have discovered in our clinical review that sexually abused girls have significantly better therapeutic outcomes than girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. Thus, we compared the mental health records of 25 adolescent female victims of commercial sexual exploitation with a group of 25 girls with a history of sexual abuse matched for age. Exclusion criteria included IQ >70, organicity, and psychosis. Victims of sexual exploitation were more likely to be in foster care; to have arrests, suspensions from school, and a history of running away; to abuse drugs; to be more impaired in social and school activities; to be withdrawn and depressed; to manifest social and thought problems and aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors; and to have a diagnosis of mood or conduct disorder or both. The results of this study suggest that the psychopathology of girl victims of sexual exploitation is markedly different from that of sexually abused girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Volume45
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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