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NCJ Number: 173866 Find in a Library
Title: Antecedents to Prostitution: Childhood Victimization
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:April 1998  Pages:206-221
Author(s): S M Nadon; C Koverola; E H Schludermann
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 16
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Many adolescents who run from intolerable home situations depend on prostitution for survival, and the accumulated body of research on the topic suggests particular family experiences and adolescent behaviors are characteristic of prostitutes.
Abstract: Because a link between childhood sexual victimization and prostitution has been reported in the literature but some previous findings are contradictory, 45 adolescent prostitutes and 37 adolescents who were not prostitutes were interviewed regarding their experiences related to childhood physical and sexual abuse, leaving home, family functioning, parental alcohol use, marital violence, adolescent alcohol and drug use, and level of self-esteem. Interviews were conducted over a 16-month period using a face-to-face interview format. Although results replicated previous findings about background experiences of prostitutes, when an appropriate comparison group was considered, these same factors failed to discriminate between prostitute and nonprostitute youth. Nonetheless, family experiences contributed to adolescents leaving home; adolescent prostitutes ran away from home significantly more often than adolescent nonprostitutes. It was determined prostitution may be a particular survival strategy for girls in very difficult circumstances. 40 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile prostitution
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Comparative analysis; Crimes against children; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile self concept; Juvenile victims; Parental influence; Runaways; Sexual assault victims; Underage Drinking
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