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ERIC Number: EJ843711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8712
Sexual At-Risk Behaviors of Sexually Abused Adolescent Girls
Cinq-Mars, Caroline; Wright, John; Cyr, Mireille; McDuff, Pierre
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v12 n2 p1-18 2003
The present study investigated sexual at-risk behaviors of sexually abused adolescent girls. Variables of interest were presence of consensual sexual activity, age at first consensual intercourse, number of sexual partners, condom use, and pregnancies. Participants were 125 sexually abused adolescent girls aged 12 to 17 years. Results showed that severity of sexual abuse (e.g., penetration, multiple perpetrators, physical coercion, multiple incidents of abuse) was related to a greater number of sexual at-risk behaviors. For instance, adolescents with a history of sexual abuse involving penetration were 13 times as likely to have been pregnant. Although family characteristics were significantly associated with being sexually active, their effect proved non-significant in the final hierarchical regression. Regression analyses clearly showed that the likelihood of engaging in sexual at-risk behaviors increased as a function of the number of severity factors. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada