Emotional victimization and sexual risk-taking behaviors among adolescent African American women

Sinead N. Younge, Laura F. Salazar, Jessica M. Sales, Ralph J. Diclemente, Gina M. Wingood, Eve Rose

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that a history of gender-based victimization is associated with higher rates of sexual risk-taking behaviors among adolescents. Victimization can occur in various forms. To date, no published studies have examined the relationship between the different forms of victimization and sexual risk-taking behaviors among African American adolescent women. This study explored the association between different forms of victimization and sexual risk behaviors using baseline data from participants (N = 715) with a mean age of 17.9 (SD = 1.7), who were enrolled in a larger intervention study. The results revealed that a history of any form of victimization was associated with some form of sexual risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-94
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • African Americans adolescent women
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual risk
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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