Social Support of Adolescent Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Revictimization in Turkey

Kocturk N., Bilge F.

JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, vol.27, no.1, pp.38-52, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1354348
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.38-52
  • Keywords: adolescent, child, familial support, family, revictimization, revictimized adolescent, sexual abuse, social support, WOMEN, RISK, VICTIMIZATION, METAANALYSIS, PERCEPTIONS, PREVALENCE, DISCLOSURE, VICTIMS, STRESS, YOUTH
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Sexual revictimization refers to having a history of child sexual abuse and an experience of being assaulted again in adolescence or adulthood. This descriptive study examined perceived social support of nonvictim adolescents and adolescents who had survived single sexual abuse and sexual revictimization. Participants were 210 adolescent girls, all aged between 15 and 18, selected by a convenience sampling method; 70 had survived sexual revictimization, 70 had survived single sexual abuse, and 70 were nonvictims. The Perceived Social Support Scale was administered, and a one-way ANOVA was conducted for data analysis. Perceived social support from the community was lower in the sexual revictimization group than in the single sexual abuse and comparison groups. Family social support did not differ between the sexual revictimization and single sexual abuse groups but was lower in both than in the comparison group. These results indicate that victims of sexual revictimization need social support, and both sexual revictimization and single sexual abuse victims need familial support.