Segura, Arthur (2014). Is there an association between childhood sexual abuse and heart disease in adulthood? Analysis of the national longitudinal study of adolescent health (ADD health).
This research examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and cardiovascular heart disease (CVD) in early adulthood. Data was drawn from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health/ADD Health (N=5114). An independent sample t test was used to determine the associations between CSA and CVD. When comparing the mean score of participants who had been diagnosed with CVD and been exposed to CSA, to the mean score of participants who have been diagnosed with CVD but have not suffered CSA, we observed significant associations between the means of the two groups ( t (5055) = -2.205, p < 05). Consistent with previous studies, these results suggest that CSA is associated with increased risk of CVD in early adulthood. These issues must continue to be addressed by healthcare and mental health professionals in future research.
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