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Study summarised:

Sexual abuse but not posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with neurocognitive deficits in South African traumatized adolescents

The summary:

This study is focused on the link between neurocognitive (cognitive functioning in the brain) deficits and sexual abuse.

  • This study supports the statement that sexual abuse has a negative impact on children.
  • This study shows how sexual abuse impacts neurocognitive deficits (shortfalls in brain functioning) in South African adolescents.
  • Adolescents in this study who were sexually abused, showed deficit in their attention and working memory.

How can you relate this to practice?

  • If you are working on a case where a child has been sexually abused and you want to motivate why this is problematic and perhaps why the child needs therapy or to be removed from the context of abuse, you can use this article to support your recommendations.
  • If you want to educate parents or other role players about the negative impact of sexual abuse on children, you can use this article as a source of information.