ERIC Number: EJ735069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 54
Association of Sexual Revictimization with Sexuality and Psychological Function
Miner, Michael H.; Flitter, Jill M. Klotz; Robinson, Beatrice E.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v21 n4 p503-524 2006
This study explores the associations of sexual revictimization (experiencing sexual abuse in childhood and adulthood) in a sample of 230 African American women who are low-income. Data indicate that women who experience sexual revictimization are more at risk for emotional stress and psychological pathology than women with no history of abuse. In addition, women who are revictimized appear to be at greater risk for emotional problems than women sexually abused only as a child or sexually assaulted only as adults. Revictimization also appears to be associated with an increased probability of engaging in prostitution, even higher than women with childhood- or adult-only victimization, who showed increased probability when compared to women never abused. Finally, women who are revictimized showed increased HIV risk, in that they were 4 times less likely than other women to consistently use condoms, but no more likely to be in monogamous relationships or less likely to have multiple partners. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 1 endnote.)
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Females, Emotional Problems, Sexuality, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Crime, African Americans, Low Income Groups, Risk
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