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NCJ Number: 249965 Find in a Library
Title: Applying General Strain Theory to Youth Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:62  Issue:3  Dated:March 2016  Pages:341-367
Author(s): J. A. Reid; A. R. Piquero
Date Published: March 2016
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0023
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drawing from Agnew’s general strain theory, this study used multigroup structural equation modeling to explore similarities and differences in youths’ vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) across gender.
Abstract: The strain reactive pathway, linking caregiver strain to youth susceptibility to CSE, was tested with data from 1,354 serious youthful offenders, 8.4 percent of whom reported CSE. Findings revealed that caregiver strain, such as arrests and substance use, similarly impacted the nurturing of boys and girls. Across both genders, poor nurturing was linked to higher negative psychosocial emotion, running away, and initiating substance use and sexual relationships at earlier ages. For males, negative psychosocial emotion and earlier initiation of sexual relationships were significantly related to CSE. In contrast, vulnerability of females was more strongly linked to earlier substance use. 80 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile prostitution; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; Prostitution causes; Runaways; Strain theory
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