Exploring the mediating mechanism between gender-based violence and biologically confirmed chlamydia among detained adolescent girls

Laura F. Salazar, Richard A. Crosby, Ralph J. Diclemente

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Abstract

The study examined several behavioral mechanisms that link gender-based violence (GBV) to STD among detained, sexually active adolescent girls. Girls (N = 198) were recruited from eight youth detention facilities. Measures were assessed using audiocomputerĝ€"assisted self-interviewing. DNA amplification was conducted to assess for chlamydia. Thirty-one percent had experienced GBV and 15% tested positive for chlamydia. GBV was related to chlamydia directly and indirectly through condom failures and through having sexual intercourse while high on drugs and/or alcohol. The study found that sexual risk reduction programs may benefit this population by addressing the role of GBV and its association with STD-associated behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-275
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Chlamydia
  • Dating violence
  • Detained youth
  • Female adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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