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NCJ Number: 230082 Find in a Library
Title: Social Factors Associated with History of Sexual Assault Among Ethnically Diverse Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:April 2010  Pages:349-356
Author(s): Daniel H. Freeman, Jr.; Jeff R. Temple
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
Grant Number: K23HD059916
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the lifetime prevalence rates of sexual assault victimization in an ethnically-diverse sample of low-income male and female adolescents, and examined the association between self-reported sexual assault victimization and the students' home environment, their parents' level of education, and their plans for college.
Abstract: The authors examined the association of adolescents' self-reported sexual assault victimization with their living arrangements, parent's education, and plans for college. Participants included 1,634 ethnically-diverse and economically-disadvantaged high school students in southeast Texas. Lifetime history of forced sexual assault was reported by 8.3 percent of girls and 9 percent of boys. No association with gender, age, or parent's education was detected. However, adolescents in non-traditional households (living with one parent, grandparents, or other) were more likely to report rape than youth living with both parents. Adolescents who were one race/ethnicity were less likely to report being raped than those in the multiple race category. Sexual assault intervention programs should account for a teenager’s living situation; and prevention efforts may benefit from targeting individuals in non-traditional households. The lack of an association with either gender or socio-educational status indicates that all children are at risk and that school-based programs should be broadly targeted. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescent victims
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Cultural influences; Home environment; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Race-crime relationships; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Sexually abused adolescents; Social Learning; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency; Texas
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