Psychological profile of adolescent girls victim of sexual abuse and under the protection of child services
Profil psychologique d'adolescentes agressées sexuellement et prises en charge par les services de la protection de la jeunesse

Isabelle Daigneault, Mireille Cyr, Marc Tourigny
2003 Santé mentale au Québec  
This study examines the symptoms of 30 adolescent girls who are under child protection care following sexual assault. In addition to describing the psychological profile of these adolescents, the study describes the sexual abuse, services received, and identifies factors that are likely to be linked to symptoms. Results show that adolescents present many psychological problems and that the majority experience distress necessitating clinical attention. Sexual abuses are at the extreme end of the
more » ... extreme end of the large continuum reported in the literature and services are infrequent and irregular. Symptoms are associated with the time elapsed since the last sexual abuse and with services received. The discussion highlights the importance of adequacy between services and psychological profile of each adolescent while suggesting a model of recovery.
pmid:15470554 fatcat:46zz7g3ybvbsfetpgw2afsbw6y