Female adolescents with a history of sexual abuse: Risk outcome and protective factors

Joseph M. Chandy, Robert Wm Blum, Michael D Resnick

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Abstract

This study examined the school performance, suicidal involvement, disordered eating behaviors, pregnancy risk, and chemical use of female teenagers with a history of sexual abuse and found that they had higher rates of these adverse outcome than a comparison group of teenagers without a background of abuse. Among index group members, protective factors against adverse outcome included a higher degree of religiosity, perceived health, caring from adults, living with both biological parents, and the presence of a clinic or nurse at school. Risk factors that increased the likelihood of adverse outcome included perceived substance use in school, mothers' use of alcohol, family stressor events during the past year, and worry about sexual coercion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-518
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1996

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