Review

A systematic review of short and medium-term mental health outcomes in young people following sexual assault

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 31, issue 3, 2019 , pages: 161–181
DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2019.1665533
Author(s): Kirsten E MacGregorUniversity College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK, Laia VillaltaCentre for Psychiatry, Imperial College London, UK, Venetia ClarkeThe Havens, Sexual Assault Referral Centres, UK, Russell VinerUniversity College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK, Tami KramerCentre for Psychiatry, Imperial College London, UK, Sophie N KhadrUniversity College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK

Abstract

Objective: Sexual assault peaks in adolescence, yet sequelae at this age are not well understood. This systematic review aimed to describe mental health outcomes following sexual assault in young people. Method: Two reviewers independently searched databases, screening publications from 1990 to 2018. Inclusion criteria included: longitudinal studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses with ≥50% participants aged ten to 24 years; baseline mental health assessment prior to/or <8 weeks post-assault with follow-up ≥ 3 months after the initial assessment.

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