The goal of the current study was to explore the rates of medical consultation and hospitalizations of sexually abused boys. Specifically, to examine if sexually abused boys had higher rates of medical consultations and hospitalizations for physical and mental health problems than boys from the general population. Administrative databases were used to compare medical diagnoses of 222 boys with a substantiated sexual abuse report with those of 222 matched-controls. Results revealed that sexually abused boys were up to five times more likely than those from the general population to consult a physician for mental health problems. With regards to physical health problems, sexually abused boys were as likely as those from the general population to consult a physician, but up to 10 times more likely to be hospitalized.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 10(1), 9-17