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Strengths of the proposed study This study aimed to support the hypothesis that sexually abused children are at higher risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder once they reach adulthood. I was able to offer an incentive which influenced people to want to partake in the study. I will administer this scale in to asses a sample of 250 randomly selected individuals in a private clinical setting. This private setting enabled people to feel more comfortable to partake in this study. The scale is a comprehensive structured interview primarily used for posttraumatic stress disorder. In a series of psychometric studies the CAPS has been shown to be a reliable psychometric instrument based on analyses of inter-rater reliability, test-retest reliability, and internal consistency (D. Blake, Klauminzer, Charney, Keane, & Buckley, 2000). It is also the case that the Clinical Administered PTSD Scale is the most accurate measure of PTSD compared to other structured interviews and self-report instruments of PTSD. The questions asked in this interview were open ended which gave the individuals participating the ability to expand their answers beyond the typical “yes” and “no” answers. The Clinical Administered PTSD Scale is a generalized scale, which gives it an advantage over other scales for the fact that it can be used on people regardless of age, race, gender and ethnicity. Lastly, strength of this study was that I was able to find abundant information about sexual child abuse in relation to posttraumatic stress disorder. Limitations of the proposed study A disadvantage of studying adults, who were sexually abused as a child, is that it can be strenuous to find individuals who are willing to openly talk about their past traumas, e... ... middle of paper ... ...ence, pp. 727-737. Martin, L. (2012). Assessment and Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2014, from Watson, P., McFall, M., McBrine, C., Schnurr, P., Friedman, M., Keane, T., et al. (n.d.). Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Compensation and Pension Examinations. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-121. Wilson, D. (2010, January). Health Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Google Scholar , pp. 56-64. Charles H. Zastrow, K. K. -A. (2013). Understanding Human and the Social Enviornment. California: Brooks/Cole. Zimring, A., & Kearney, C. (2011, October). Posttraumatic Stress and Related Symptoms Among Neglected and Physcially and Sexually Maltreated Adolescents. Springer Science, pp. 601-604.

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