This study examined the extent to which being abused and/or neglected in childhood increases a person's risk for promiscuity, prostitution, and teenage pregnancy.
A prospective cohorts design was used to match, on the basis of age, race, sex, and social class, cases of abused and/or neglected children from 1967 to 1971 with nonabused and nonneglected children ; subjects were followed into young adulthood.
From 1989 to 1995,1196 subjects (676 abused and/or neglected and 520 controls subjects) were located and interviewed.
Early childhood abuse and/or neglect was a significant predictor of prostitution for females (odds rat [OR]=2.96).
Females, sexual abuse (OR=2.54) and neglect (OR=2.58) were associated with prostitution, whereas physical abuse was only marginally associated.
Childhood abuse and neglect were not associated with increased risk for promiscuity or teenage pregnancy.
These findings strongly support a relationship between childhood victimization and subsequent prostitution.
The presumed causal sequence between childhood victimization and teenage pregnancy may need to be reevaluated.
Mots-clés Pascal : Violence, Enfant maltraité, Abus sexuel, Prostitution, Gestation, Adolescent, Homme, Comportement sexuel, Facteur risque, Adulte jeune, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Violence, Child abuse, Sexual abuse, Prostitution, Pregnancy, Adolescent, Human, Sexual behavior, Risk factor, Young adult, Victimology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0030967
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 21/05/1997.