MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host a colloquium titled “Resiliency in Female Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” from 3:10-4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Gries Hall room 167. The event is part of a colloquium series sponsored by the NMU psychology department.

            Carol Simpson, a social work professor at NMU, will serve as the presenter.  She will discuss research suggesting that adult women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA) vary on whether and how they experience long-term effects.  The purpose of this study was to investigate which protective factors best predicted resilience in a sample of 114 female adults who were members of Adults Molested As Children. 

            After controlling for age of onset and level of physical abuse, the combination of protective factors including high control against deviance, ability to work well with others, and a sense of acceptance and belonging to a family, accounted for 49 percent of variance in resilience among the group.

            The general public is invited to this free event.  For more information, contact the psychology department at 227-2935.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz