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NCJ Number: 228462 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Sexually Abusive Experiences in Childhood and Adolescence Among a Community Sample of Latinas: A Descriptive Study
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:July-August 2009  Pages:405-421
Author(s): Monica D. Ulibarri; Emilio C. Ulloa; Lizeth Camacho
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH65849-Supp
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the prevalence, circumstances, and severity of both disclosed and undisclosed sexually coercive and abusive experiences in childhood and adolescence in a community sample of Latina women of predominantly Mexican decent.
Abstract: Consistent with other studies of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse among Latina samples, this study found high rates of nondisclosure, and family members were the most frequently reported perpetrators of abuse followed by boyfriends and friends or acquaintances. However, when examining rape only, women who first reported rape before age 13 most frequently listed friends as perpetrators, whereas those who first experienced rape after age 13 reported family members as the perpetrators. These findings highlight the importance of assessing for peer and dating-partner related sexually abusive events, assessing for both reported and nonreported experiences of abuse. Because little research on circumstances and severity of childhood sexual abuse among Latina women exists, the purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and characteristics of childhood and adolescent sexually coercive and abusive experiences among a community sample of 204 Latina women living within San Diego County, CA. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abused women; Adolescent victims; Child victims; Female victims; Hispanic Americans; Mexican Americans; Sexual assault victims; Victimization
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