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Sexual Abuse as a Factor in Adolescent Pregnancy and Child Maltreatment

Debra Boyer and David Fine
Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1992), pp. 4-11+19
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2135718
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2135718
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Abstract

Two-thirds of a sample of 535 young women from the state of Washington who became pregnant as adolescents had been sexually abused: Fifty-five percent had been molested, 42 percent had been victims of attempted rape and 44 percent had been raped. Compared with adolescent women who became pregnant but had not been abused, sexually victimized teenagers began intercourse a year earlier, were more likely to have used drugs and alcohol and were less likely to practice contraception. The abused adolescents were also more likely to have been hit, slapped or beaten by a partner and to have exchanged sex for money, drugs or a place to stay. Young women in the abused group were also more likely to report that their own children had been abused or had been taken from them by Child Protective Services.

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