ERIC Number: ED316769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Violence against Women: Racial Differences in Childhood Sexual Experiences and Wife Abuse.
Kilpatrick, Allie C.; Lockhart, Lettie
Two studies examined racial differences in regard to childhood sexual experiences and the proportion of wife abuse reported by black and white women. The first study examined the childhood sexual experiences of women (N=501) and the relationship of these experiences to their adult functioning. A majority of women (55%) reported having some type of sexual experience by the age of 14; 24 percent had such experiences with relatives, but when the dictionary definition of incest as sexual intercourse between two persons too closely related to marry legally was used, less than one percent had had incestuous experiences. Neither the occurrence of sexual experiences as children nor the type of sexual partner women may have had was statistically significant for adult functioning. The results indicated that 67% of the white sample had had sexual experiences as children compared with 36% of the black sample. The second study was a comparative analysis of women (N=312) who were living in an intact marital relationship. The results indicated that 35.5% of the women had been victims of wife abuse in the past year. Thirty-one percent of the black women as compared to 32.2% of the white women reported that their partner had pushed, grabbed, or shoved them during the past year. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the NASW National Conference on Women's Issues (Atlanta, GA, May 28-31, 1986).