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Sexual Abuse History and Problems in Adolescence: Exploring the Effects of Moderating Variables

Tom Luster and Stephen A. Small
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 59, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 131-142
DOI: 10.2307/353667
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353667
Page Count: 12
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Sexual Abuse History and Problems in Adolescence: Exploring the Effects of Moderating Variables
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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between sexual abuse and two problem outcomes, binge drinking and suicidal ideation, in a sample of 42,568 adolescents. The effects of current and prior sexual abuse on these outcomes were examined for females and males separately. Of particular interest were factors related to the likelihood of problem behaviors among adolescents who had been sexually abused. Adolescents who had been both physically abused and sexually abused exhibited more problems than those who experienced only one type of abuse. High levels of parental monitoring and high levels of support from at least one parent decreased the risk of problem outcomes among sexually abused adolescents. School success also reduced the risk of problem outcomes for some of the groups studied.

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