What are the long-term health consequences of childhood sexual abuse?
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A history of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is common among primary care patients. Any type of CSA is associated with subsequent psychiatric morbidity, eg, depression, anxiety disorders, and substance dependence, and severity of abuse increases psychopathology. CSA is also related to increases in nonspecific physical symptoms, with poorer gynecological, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary health.
Evidence Based Practice 15(7): 07.