Associations between Dating Violence and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors among Male and Female Older Adolescents

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Abstract

This study sought to evaluate associations between adolescent dating violence victimization (DV) and high-risk sexual behaviors. Males (n = 71) and females (n = 189) reporting DV were compared to 671 males and 720 females (overall mean age 20.4 years) reporting no DV on high-risk sexual behaviors (casual sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, no contraceptive use, unprotected intercourse). DV was reported by 9.6% males and 20.8% females. All males reporting both physical and sexual DV acknowledged high-risk sexual behavior. Furthermore, most female peers (75.2%) reporting physical and sexual DV acknowledged high-risk sexual behavior. Health programs and care professionals should target violence prevention and contraception education, and promote early intervention to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors, particularly among those reporting dating violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-352
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • medical issues
  • mental health
  • prevention
  • sexual abuse

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