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Prevalence, characteristics, and associations of sexual abuse with sociodemographics and consensual sex in a population-based sample of Swedish adolescents
Lund University.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, ISSN 1053-8712, Vol. 18, no 1, 19-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate lifetime prevalence and characteristics of self-reported child sexual abuse and associations between child sexual abuse, gender, sociodemographic data, and consensual sexual experiences. A questionnaire was completed by 4,339 Swedish high school seniors. Three categories of child sexual abuse were studied: noncontact, contact without penetration, and penetrating child sexual abuse. Penetrating child sexual abuse was correlated with the most severe abuse characteristics. Students reporting child sexual abuse, especially penetrating child sexual abuse, were more likely to not be living with both parents, to have parents with lower socioeconomic status, and to have their first consensual intercourse at a young age. The study showed that distinct categories of child sexual abuse must be employed since each category shows a specific pattern concerning abuse characteristics, sociodemographics, and consensual sex.

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2009. Vol. 18, no 1, 19-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Abuse characteristics; Adolescence; Prevalence; Sexual abuse; Sociodemographic data
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18859DOI: 10.1080/10538710802584635OAI: diva2:221934
Available from: 2009-06-05 Created: 2009-06-05 Last updated: 2009-06-05

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