Sexual victimization and physical health: An examination of explanatory mechanisms
There is a growing body of research illustrating a significant relationship between a history of sexual victimization and the development of physical health problems; however, few researchers have examined variables that mediate this relationship. The present study examined two potential mediating variables: experiential avoidance and current stress. Results indicated that current stress significantly mediated the relationship between adult sexual assault and physical health complaints, and experiential avoidance may be a partial mediator. Implications of the findings and future directions are discussed. © 2008 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
experiential avoidance, health, sexual victimization
Palm, Kathleen M. and Follette, Victoria M., "Sexual victimization and physical health: An examination of explanatory mechanisms" (2008). Psychology. 596.