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Childhood sexual abuse and adult binge drinking among Kanak women in New Caledonia.

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The long-term consequences of violence against women are poorly documented within the context of political domination, economic inequalities and rapid social change of indigenous communities. Using data from the first population study on violence against women and their consequences on health in New Caledonia, South Pacific, this article investigates the association between childhood sexual abuse and binge drinking among 441 adult Kanak women. Face-to-face standardised interviews were conducted in 2002-2003, among women aged 18-54 years drawn from the electoral rolls. Childhood sexual abuse before 15 years of age was reported by 11.6% of respondents. Nearly all the perpetrators (96%) were known to the victims (63% being a close relative). The rate of frequent binge drinking amongst the women within the last 12 months was 34%. After controlling for social and demographic factors, an independent association was found between childhood sexual abuse and current binge drinking. This study is the first to analyse the contribution of childhood sexual abuse to the likelihood of later heavy alcohol use in an indigenous population in the South Pacific. The findings call for improving and giving priority to care for children who are victims of violence to prevent long-term health consequences and to develop prevention programs aimed at alcohol-related behaviour in women, while taking into account simultaneous individual and collective factors.
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inserm-00371179 , version 1 (26-03-2009)

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Christine Hamelin, Christine Salomon, Rémi Sitta, Alice Gueguen, Diane Cyr, et al.. Childhood sexual abuse and adult binge drinking among Kanak women in New Caledonia.. Social science & medicine, 2009, 68 (7), pp.1247-53. ⟨10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.005⟩. ⟨inserm-00371179⟩
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