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NCJ Number: 237069 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Victimization and Health-Risk Behaviors: A Prospective Analysis of College Women
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:6  Dated:June 2008  Pages:744-763
Author(s): Christine A. Gidycz; Lindsay M. Orchowski; Carrie R. King; Cindy L. Rich
Date Published: June 2008
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio Dept of Health
Columbus, OH 43215
Grant Number: 05-4-002-2-DY-01
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The present study utilizes the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey to examine the relationship between health-risk behaviors and sexual victimization among a sample of college women.
Abstract: A prospective design is utilized to examine the relationship between health-risk behaviors as measured at baseline and sexual victimization during a 3-month follow-up period. After controlling for age and parents' education, a history of adolescent sexual victimization was associated with the following health-risk behaviors as measured at pretest: increased likelihood of cigarette smoking, marijuana use, suicidal ideation, experience of physical violence within a dating relationship, use of diet pills and vomiting or laxatives to lose weight, multiple sexual partners, and early sexual intercourse. Prospectively, women's history of adolescent sexual victimization was the strongest predictor of sexual victimization during the 3-month follow-up. Implications of univariate associations between early sexual intercourse, suicidal ideation, and problematic weight loss behaviors and subsequent experience of sexual victimization are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Dating Violence; Emotional disorders; Marijuana; Sex offense causes; Sexual assault victims; Suicide; Tobacco use; Victim profiles; Victimization risk
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