ERIC Number: EJ723534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 59
Sexual Victimization among African American Adolescent Females: Examination of the Reliability and Validity of the Sexual Experiences Survey
Cecil, Heather; Matson, Steven C.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v21 n1 p89-104 2006
Adolescent females are disproportionately represented among reported cases of sexual victimization. Because sexual victimization is associated with an array of negative sequelae (e.g., depression, alcohol abuse), psychometrically sound instruments are urgently needed to assess sexual victimization or coercion. The investigation conducts a preliminary analysis of the reliability and validity of the Sexual Experiences Survey (SES) for a sample drawn from a high-risk population--African American adolescent females. Our analyses indicate good internal consistency for the SES with this sample. Convergent validity is demonstrated. Specifically, scores on the SES are associated with significantly lower levels of self-esteem and mastery, higher levels of depression, lower levels of family cohesion, higher levels of family conflict, and higher levels of using alcohol and being a smoker. Preliminary support for discriminant validity is also obtained. This study is a stepping stone for future investigations into the psychometric evaluation of the SES.
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Psychometrics, Females, Depression (Psychology), Adolescents, Sexual Abuse, African Americans, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Self Esteem, Substance Abuse, Family Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sexual Experiences Survey