Sexual assault on children and adolescents has become a common topic of study, but there has been little research into the specific characteristics of the population of male victims.
A national survey representative of school-age adolescents in France enabled us to study 465 adolescents reporting sexual assault (121 boys, 344 girls ; mean age 15.4, SD 2.5 years).
Girls were shown to be more frequently affected by certain medico-psychological symptoms : nightmares, multiple somatic complaints and some items concerning mood disorders.
On the other hand, behavioural symptoms were much more frequently expressed in boys, in particular : repeated suicide attempts, running away, fits of violence and substance use.
Boys presenting these symptoms should be questioned as a matter of routine concerning a history of sexual assault.
Mots-clés Pascal : Abus sexuel, Trouble psychiatrique, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, France, Europe, Sexe, Adolescent, Homme, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual abuse, Mental disorder, Prevalence, Epidemiology, France, Europe, Sex, Adolescent, Human, Victimology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0152160
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 21/07/1998.