Issues and dynamics of sexually assaulted adolescents and their families

Paul T. Clements, Patricia M. Speck, Patricia A. Crane, Martha J. Faulkner

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Interpersonal violence such as sexual assault creates a variety of traumatic responses. Adolescents encounter a significantly high rate of exposure to sexual assault. In the aftermath of sexual assault, issues and dynamics related to traumatic responses include ongoing fear and threats to personal safety, stability, and structure of the family and environment. Each issue is of concern for community and health care practitioners. Sexual assault has a detrimental effect on adolescent intrapsychic development and interpersonal relationships. Symptoms are disturbing and disruptive to daily routines, negatively affect adolescent normal growth and development, and can result in post-traumatic stress disorder. Issues and dynamics regarding sexual assault are explored, with suggestions on how to help adolescents avoid developing a negative world view and long-term negative health consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent development
  • Adolescents
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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