Using data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), researchers at the ESRI and TCD find that male survivors of CSA are three times more likely to be out of the labour force due to sickness/disability compared to other men.
A new Research Bulletin published by the ESRI and Trinity today (Friday 15 August 2014) reports on a study which examined whether people who experienced CSA suffered long-term economic consequences in terms of lower attachment to the labour market and/or lower incomes.
The study uses data from the first wave of Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Between 2009 and 2011, 8,500 people aged 50 and over and living in Ireland were interviewed about a wide range of issues such as income, wealth, labour force status and health. Through a self-completed questionnaire, participants were also asked questions about sexual abuse suffered before the age of 18.
Key findings include:
Report author Alan Barrett said:
“Studies on the impact of CSA have tended to be undertaken by researchers in the fields of health and psychology. This study is somewhat unique both nationally and internationally because we look at the lifelong economic impact these experiences have had on survivors. We find significant impacts even though we are looking at people aged between 50 and 64 who experienced abuse over thirty years earlier as children.”
“These results are important in developing our understanding of the life-long impacts of CSA. They also have relevance to the question of appropriate levels of compensation. The results put a figure on the scale of lost income and this could be used when calculating compensation for survivors”.
For further information on the research please contact:
Alan Barrett (Research Professor, ESRI), firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for Editors
1. This Research Bulletin is a short summary of a paper which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, written by the same three authors.
2. This study has been funded by the Department of Health, The Atlantic Philanthropies and Irish Life, through their funding of TILDA.
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