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Title: Sexual Victimization and Perceptions of Close Relationships in Adolescence
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:November 2000  Pages:350-359
Author(s): Anna S. Flanagan; Wyndol C. Furman
Date Published: November 2000
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: 50106;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These two studies examine sexual victimization and perceptions of close relationships in adolescence.
Abstract: This article proposes an attachment perspective as a framework for conceptualizing the impact of sexual victimization on close relationships. Two studies (of 154 undergraduate women and 48 high school seniors, respectively) empirically examined the links between sexual victimization and perceptions of romantic, parental, and peer relationships. In both studies, approximately half of the women had experienced some form of coerced sexual experience, the majority by an acquaintance and most in multiple incidents. Victimized undergraduate women had significantly more preoccupied romantic views than nonvictimized women. Women victimized in college were significantly more dismissing with their fathers in high school. Victims among the high school seniors had more negative interactions with romantic partners, but no differences were found for romantic styles. Victims reported more dismissing parental styles and more negative interactions with their fathers than nonvictims. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Cohort studies; Female victims; Interpersonal relations; Parent-Child Relations; Psychological victimization effects; Self-report studies; Sexual assault victims; Victimization; Victims of Crime
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