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The role of childhood sexual victimization in the occupational choice of adults

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Numerous studies have found that survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) suffer as adults from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, and other mental illnesses. As such, the effect of experiencing traumatic events during childhood including sexual abuse can be long lasting. The lasting effects of CSA may have economic as well as psychological implications. This article examines the relationship between CSA and future labour market outcomes for men and women. In particular, we examine whether the occupations of abuse survivors differ from those who were not subject to sexual abuse, focusing on the gender composition of the occupation. In addition, we determine whether there are gender differences in the consequences of CSA, and whether incomes of CSA victims vary across male and female occupations.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA 2: Department of Economics, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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