Child sexual abuse (CSA) and its effects on alcohol use

The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effects of child maltreatment, specifically child sexual abuse (CSA) on alcohol use. The dataset used was a quantitative design from public secondary data set Wave IV from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth), which included a nationally representative sample of adolescents (N=5,114). A substantial 94.9% of participants did not experience sexual touch but the majority (80.3%) of individuals had consumed alcohol. These results indicate that individuals who experienced CSA did not correlate to or were at a high risk of alcohol use. The study results point the need to recognize the clustering effects of multiple types of abuse on alcohol use. Utilizing this research can assist youth with the effects of abuse, how to identify and differentiate the abuse experienced to help raise awareness and implement additional programs in this major public health issue.

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