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Abstract

This study tested sexual abuse as a unique predictor of subsequent adolescent sexual behaviors, pregnancy, and motherhood when in company with other types of maltreatment (physical abuse, neglect) and alternative behavioral, family, and contextual risk factors in a prospective, longitudinal study of maltreated (n = 275) and comparison (n = 239) nulliparous females aged 14-19 years old assessed annually through 19 years old. Hierarchical regression was used to disentangle risk factors that account for the associations of maltreatment type on risky sexual behaviors at 19 years old, adolescent pregnancy, and adolescent motherhood. Findings indicate that sexual and physical abuse remain significant predictors of risky sexual behaviors, and that sexual abuse remains a significant predictor of adolescent motherhood when alternative explanatory variables are controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Pregnancy in Adolescence
Sex Offenses
motherhood
Risk-Taking
risk behavior
Sexual Behavior
sexual violence
adolescence
pregnancy
adolescent
maltreatment
Adolescent Behavior
abuse
Longitudinal Studies
Prospective Studies
neglect
Pregnancy
longitudinal study
regression
Physical Abuse

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Is Sexual Abuse a Unique Predictor of Sexual Risk Behaviors, Pregnancy, and Motherhood in Adolescence? / Noll, Jennie G.; Guastaferro, Kate; Beal, Sarah J.; Schreier, Hannah M. C.; Barnes, Jaclyn; Reader, Jonathan M.; Font, Sarah Anne.

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