Adverse Childhood Environments
A negative childhood environment can be attributed to many different factors including a low socio-economic status (SES), low parental education, or a lack of job opportunities for both teenagers and adults alike (REFENCE).
There is conflicting evidence about the younger a child is when they are sexually abused and the link between long-term behavioural and psychological impacts of the abuse and criminal/offending behaviour (Hanson & Slater, 1988, 486; Widom & Ames, 1994, p. 304).
Victims of CSA can often turn to prostitution and/or drugs as a result of their childhood trauma (Widom & Ames, 1994, p. 303).
Strong emotions such as anger, anxiety, and confusion are common amongst CSA victims especially as they grow older (Widom & Ames, 1994, p. 303).
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