Sexual abuse, physical abuse, chronic fatigue, and chronic fatigue syndrome:
a community-based study.
Taylor RR, Jason LA.
Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Using a randomly selected community-based sample, this investigation
examined whether histories of childhood sexual, physical, and death threat
abuse predicted adulthood outcomes of specific medical and psychiatric
conditions involving chronic fatigue. This study also tested prior
suggestions that most individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome report a
past history of interpersonal abuse. Multinomial logistic regression was
used to examine the relationship between abuse history and chronic fatigue
group outcomes while controlling for the effects of sociodemographics.
Compared with healthy controls, childhood sexual abuse was significantly
more likely to be associated with outcomes of idiopathic chronic fatigue,
chronic fatigue explained by a psychiatric condition, and chronic fatigue
explained by a medical condition. None of the abuse history types were significant predictors of chronic fatigue syndrome. A closer examination of individuals in the chronic fatigue syndrome group revealed that significantly fewer individuals with CFS reported abuse as compared with those who did not. The implications of these findings are discussed.
PMID: 11708672 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]