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NCJ Number: 128420 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Abuse History on Male Adolescent Self-Reported Comfort With Interviewer Gender
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1991)  Pages:3-11
Author(s): M S Kaplan; J V Becker; C E Tenke
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: a study was conducted regarding the preference and comfort of male adolescents in talking about sex with a male versus a female interviewer.
Abstract: Two hundred sixty-four, inner-city adolescent males undergoing an evaluation in an outpatient clinic for sex offenders were questioned. The majority of the participants had been charged with or convicted of a sexual crime. Results indicate that as the age of the adolescent increased, preference for a female interviewer increased as well, but only with the nonabused participants. Participants abused by females were less likely to prefer females than those abused by males. However, both groups preferred females significantly more than the nonabused participants. Those individuals victimized by males showed the greatest preference for female interviewers. It was concluded that self-disclosure about sexual material may be facilitated when interviewers of both genders are available. 2 tables and 9 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent males; Personal interviews
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