Adolescent Sexual Risk and Multiple Contexts: Interpersonal Violence, Parenting, and Poverty

Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, Jenifer K. McGuire

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In this study we estimated the combined effects of violence experiences, parenting processes, and community poverty on sexual onset, alcohol or other drug (AOD) use at last sex, multiple sex partners, and prior pregnancy in a sample of 7th-, 9th-, and 11th-grade adolescents (n = 7,891), and the subsample of sexually experienced adolescents (n = 2,108). Multilevel multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that having experienced any interpersonal violence, and low levels of perceived parental warmth and parental knowledge predicted sexual onset. Adult sexual abuse or peer sexual coercion increased the odds for AOD use at last sex and having multiple sexual partners. When demographic, violence experiences and parenting behaviors were accounted for, poverty was not associated with sexual onset, AOD use at last sex, or multiple sex partners. Results suggest prevention efforts to reduce teen dating violence may be especially important to diminish sexually risky behaviors among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2091-2107
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012


  • alcohol use
  • parenting
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • sexual risk
  • teen dating violence


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