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Effects of Early Abuse on Adult Intimate Relationships

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01803802
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 4, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2014
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Collaborator:
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study is designed to help us better understand the factors that affect the sexual lives of women who have been sexually mistreated during childhood. With this study we hope to learn about factors that may be promising targets for future treatments of sexual problems related to past sexual experiences. The investigators hypothesize that women who have experienced early sexual abuse are more likely to have sexual problems in adulthood than women who were not abuse in childhood.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Female Orgasmic Disorder Major Depressive Disorder Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Behavioral: Expressive writing

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 148 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Early Abuse on Adult Intimate Relationships
Study Start Date : April 2005
Primary Completion Date : August 2011
Study Completion Date : August 2014
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Time management
Writing prompts oriented towards objective recounting of previous day
Behavioral: Expressive writing
Five sessions of 30 minutes of expressive writing
Experimental: Sexual schema writing
Expressive writing prompts oriented towards beliefs about sexuality
Behavioral: Expressive writing
Five sessions of 30 minutes of expressive writing
Active Comparator: Trauma writing
Expressive writing prompts oriented towards processing traumatic experiences
Behavioral: Expressive writing
Five sessions of 30 minutes of expressive writing


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sexual Dysfunction Interview [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Clinical classification of Female Sexual Dysfunctions including Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, and/or Female Orgasm Disorder


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depression [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    As measured by clinical interview and validated questionnaires

  2. Post-Traumatic Stress [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    As measured by clinical interview and validated questionnaires


Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • at least one involuntary sexual experience, defined as "unwanted oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse, penetration of the vagina or anus using objects or digits, or genital touching or fondling," before age 16 and no less than 2 years prior to enrollment.
  • currently sexually active or cohabiting in a potentially sexual relationship.
  • current sexual dysfunction, distress, or low sexual satisfaction

Exclusion Criteria:

  • traumatic event in the previous three months
  • sexual abuse in the past two years
  • diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in the previous six months
  • significant suicidal or homicidal intent
  • currently receiving psychotherapy for sexual or abuse-related concerns
  • use of illicit drugs
  • in a currently abusive relationship
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, United States, 78712
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas at Austin
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Tierney Kyle Ahrold Lorenz, Study Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01803802     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01HD051676 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01HD051676 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 4, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014

Keywords provided by Tierney Kyle Ahrold Lorenz, University of Texas at Austin:
childhood sexual abuse
depression
PTSD
sexual function
women

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Depressive Disorder
Depression
Depressive Disorder, Major
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological
Pathologic Processes
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female