Characteristics of violence among high-risk adolescent girls

Molly Secor-Turner, Ann Garwick, Renee Sieving, Ann Seppelt

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Introduction: Recent evidence demonstrates increasing rates of involvement with violence among adolescent girls. The objective of this study was to describe the types and sources of violence experienced within social contexts of adolescent girls at high risk for pregnancy. Method: Qualitative data for this analysis are drawn from intervention summary reports of 116 girls participating in Prime Time, a youth development intervention for adolescent girls. Descriptive content analysis techniques were used to identify types and sources of violence experienced by girls within their daily contexts. Results: Types of violence included physical fighting, witnessing violence, physical abuse, gang-related violence, verbal fighting, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse. Sources of violence included family, peers and friends, romantic partners, community violence, and self-perpetrated violence. Many girls in this study experienced violence in multiple contexts. Discussion: It is imperative that efforts to assess and prevent violence among adolescent girls include paying attention to the social contexts in which these adolescents live.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported with funds from the National Institute of Nursing Research ( 5R01NR008778 ; R. Sieving, principal investigator).


  • Adolescent girls
  • Social context
  • Violence


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