Traumatic childhood sexual events and secondary sexual health complaints in neurotic disorders
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Department of Psychotherapy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland.
Department of Psychotherapy, University Hospital, Kraków, Poland
Department of Psychotherapy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland
Submission date: 2013-05-25
Final revision date: 2013-07-30
Acceptance date: 2013-07-30
Publication date: 2013-09-02
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Katarzyna Cyranka   

Department of Psychotherapy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland., ul. Lenartowicza 14, 31-138 Kraków, Poland
Arch Psych Psych 2013;15(3):19-32
Aim of the study:
Assessment of the association between self-reported sexual complaints and recalled childhood sexual adversities in a sample of psychotherapy patients.

Subject or material and methods:
Coexistence of memories concerning traumatic events and minor sexual adversities and the currently present symptoms were analyzed on the basis of KO"0" Symptom Checklist and Life Inventory completed prior to treatment in the day hospital for neurotic disorders. Questionnaires from 3929 psychotherapy patients were analyzed. Logistic regression analyses were performed on biographical and symptom items. Odds ratios for men and women were determined separately.

Associations between sexual adverse events, and current sexual health complaints, as estimated by OR coefficients, showed to be statistically significant. In the subgroups of patients who reported two categories of sexual adversities e.g. were both punished for masturbation and were not educated about sex, the risk of sexual complaints was further increased.

Both self reported traumatic sexual events and sexual problems are quite common in the patient population and are strongly associated. Our study has replicated other’s findings in a large sample of outpatients suffering from neurotic disorders.

Deficits in sex education, the trauma of incest, punishment for sexual play or masturbation, or too early or unwanted sexual initiation, are important risk factors of sexual symptoms accompanying neurotic syndromes. Results strongly suggest that studies focusing on the effects of sexual traumatic events should take into consideration the co-occurrence of multiple adversities.

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