Childhood sexual traumatic events and sexual life and relationship of a patient
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Katedra Psychoterapii UJ Collegium Medicum
Zakład Psychoterapii SU w Krakowie
Submission date: 2014-01-19
Final revision date: 2014-04-10
Acceptance date: 2014-04-10
Publication date: 2014-06-20
Corresponding author
Jerzy A. Sobański   

Katedra Psychoterapii UJ Collegium Medicum, Lenartowicza 14, 31-138 Kraków, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2014;48(3):573-597
The assessment of links between traumatic events of sexual nature recollected from the past and patients’ later functioning in sexual life and relationships.

Comorbidity of memories of traumatic sexual events from childhood and adolescence in patients with the features of their current partner relationships was analysed on the basis of Live Inventory completed by 3,929 patients (years 1980-2002), before admission to a day ward of neurotic disorder department.

The existence of numerous significant links was observed e.g. the information regarding incest or incest attempt experience was related with a significant risk of a sexual life assessment as completely dissatisfying in women (OR=2.71) and almost completely dissatisfying in men (OR=2.38). Sexual initiation by rape was related with women’s more frequent incidence of getting married as a result of social pressure (OR=3.77) and a feeling of hatred towards a partner (OR=5.41). Men and women who considered themselves completely sexually uneducated (before the age of 18) assessed their sexual life as completely dissatisfying (OR=2.48 and OR=2.07), which was similar to men who would get punished for masturbation or sexual plays by their guardians (OR=2.68).

Sexuality related circumstances, are connected with the risk of dysfunctions in a sexual life and relationship. The traumas included, among others, rape during initiation, incest, but also unfavourable circumstances of less traumatic nature e.g. lack of sexual education. Their likely effects were rooted in relationship dysfunctions: reasons for their formation, power division, instability, problems with resolving conflicts and, most of all, sexual life dysfunctions.

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