Mental Health Outcomes of Adult Survivors of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) (78867)

Session Information: Psychology, Mental Health & Technology
Session Chair: Bhanu Ranjan

Thursday, 28 March 2024 09:40
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 609
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) is an emerging global phenomenon that has been increasingly prevalent over the recent years with the Philippines being the epicenter of the supply side since 2016, as reported by UNICEF. Initial reports found adverse mental health impact on child victims. The present study aimed to investigate the enduring impact on adults who have experienced OSAEC in childhood. Utilizing a mixed-method approach, 36 survivors underwent assessment measuring their trauma levels and related psychological outcomes using Post-Traumatic Checklist (PCL-5) and Trauma Symptoms Inventory-2 (TSI-2) coupled with in-depth interviews. Results indicate a mean trauma index of 20.18 which is within the normal range, with significant gender differences (p=0.003) and civil status variations (p=0.015). Mean in suicidality (60.86) and suicidal behaviors (64.31) in TSI-2 suggest problematic manifestations while the rest of the domains fell with in normal range. Significant differences in TSI-2 domains were found across gender (p=.015) and civil status (p=.001). Notably, age and years since victimization correlated with increased trauma and psychological outcomes. The uncovered themes among survivors include challenging adjustment process post-reintegration due to significant life changes; high present instability and vulnerability; persistent trauma symptoms; diminished sense of self; and the vital role of family support and interventions in recovery. The findings underscore that childhood OSAEC victimization has long-lasting effects on survivors' mental well-being. This further affirms the need for evidence-based and tailored-fit interventions addressing these impacts to facilitate the survivors’ full healing and recovery.

Adesty Dulawan-Ting, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Lucila Bance, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Adesty is a Clinical Supervisor at World Hope International and a clinical psychologist at St. Luke's Medical Center in the Philippines. She spearheads mental health programs for survivors of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.

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