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NCJ Number: 230280 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Risk-Taking Among High-Risk Urban Women with and without Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Mediating Effects of Contextual Factors
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 2010  Pages:43-61
Author(s): Katie E. Mosack; Mary E. Randolph; Julia Dickson-Gomez; Maryann Abbott; Ellen Smith; Margaret R. Weeks
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH63631;R01 MH069088;P30-MH52776
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the role of contextual variables in predicting HIV risk behavior.
Abstract: This study investigated the mechanisms of risk for urban women at high risk for HIV with and without childhood sexual abuse histories. Childhood sexual abuse survivors reported more unprotected intercourse and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The association of STI locus of control with frequency of unprotected sex was fully mediated by being intoxicated during sex and engaging in sex work, whereas the association between relational control and unprotected sex was not mediated by contextual factors for the childhood sexual abuse group. The mechanisms of risk are different for those with divergent childhood sexual abuse histories and thus interventions should be developed to educate women with a history of childhood sexual abuse about ways to avoid revictimization, particularly within a context of poverty, prostitution, and drug use. Figures, tables, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Risk taking behavior
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; AIDS/HIV prevention; Case histories; Child Sexual Abuse; Crisis intervention; Early intervention; Sexually transmitted diseases; Victimization risk
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