Though prior research has demonstrated that survivors of childhood sexual abuse may experience a range of negative emotions following the abuse, studies have failed to consider the conflicting, ambivalent, or positive emotions being attributed to the experiences by survivors. The current study describes the development and piloting of two new scales to capture the positive and negative emotions that youth may attribute to experiences of childhood sexual abuse. A sample of youth (N = 136) were recruited and surveyed from community corrections and residential treatment centers in a Midwestern state. Item Response Theory was used to test the performance of the measures and their individual items with the subsample of youth who reported a history of childhood sexual abuse (n = 40). Both new measures demonstrated high internal consistency reliability and appropriately captured the range of positive and negative emotions youth may experience following childhood sexual abuse. Findings indicate that youth who have experienced childhood sexual abuse may have conflicting positive and negative emotions associated with the experiences. Implications for measurement refinement, future research directions, and clinical practice are discussed.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Journal of Child Sexual Abuse|
|State||Published - 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded by an external grant from The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. The author has no other conflicts of interest to declare. The author takes responsibility for the integrity of the data, the accuracy of the data analyses, and has made every effort to avoid inflating statistically significant results. I would like to express my gratitude to my mentors, Dr. Kathryn Maguire-Jack (University of Michigan) and Dr. Jamie Yoder (Colorado State University), for their ongoing guidance and support, as well as to my colleague, Dr. Katherine Marçal (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for her editorial recommendations.
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- Childhood sexual abuse
- emotional attributions
- item response theory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health