Jennifer A. Livingston, Amy Hequembourg, Maria Testa, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, State University of New York; Carol VanZile-Tamsen, Office of Institutional Analysis, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
UNIQUE ASPECTS OF ADOLESCENT SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION EXPERIENCES
Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2007
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 331–343, December 2007
How to Cite
Livingston, J. A., Hequembourg, A., Testa, M. and VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2007), UNIQUE ASPECTS OF ADOLESCENT SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION EXPERIENCES. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31: 331–343. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2007.00383.x
This research was supported by grant R01 AA12013 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and NIH Director's Office of Research on Women's Health to Maria Testa. We thank Judi Callahan-Jones, Kathleen Callanan, Stacy Croff, Cassandra Hoebbel, Tiffany Holmes, Heather Neubeck, Matthew Testa, Cynthia Warthling, Kimberly Welborn, and Elizabeth Young for their assistance in recruiting, interviewing, and transcribing.
- Issue online: 26 NOV 2007
- Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2007
- Initial submission: April 26, 2006Initial acceptance: March 8, 2007Final acceptance: March 18, 2007
This study explored females' adolescent experiences with sexual aggression using event-level data. A community sample of women, ages 18 to 30 years (N= 319), were interviewed regarding their most recent unwanted sexual experience. Incidents were categorized as occurring during adolescence (ages 14 to 17) or adulthood (after age 18). Preliminary statistical comparison of adolescent and adult incidents revealed differences in perpetrators, type of aggression, preceding activities, and location of assault. Qualitative analytic techniques were then used to identify the contexts in which adolescent victimization occurred, as well as the factors contributing to adolescent vulnerability. Four contexts in which adolescents were sexually victimized emerged: Within Intimate Relationships, At Parties/Social Gatherings, Abuse by Authority Figures, and While Alone With a Friend. Thematic analysis revealed that inexperience with sex and dating, lack of guardianship, substance use, social and relationship concerns, and powerlessness contributed to adolescent vulnerability within these contexts.