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The role of youth problem behaviors in the path from child abuse and neglect to prostitution: A prospective examination

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dc.contributor.author Wilson, H. W., & Widom, C. S.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-13T20:58:27Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-13T20:58:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Wilson, H. W., & Widom, C. S. (2010). The role of youth problem behaviors in the path from child abuse and neglect to prostitution: A prospective examination. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20(1), 210-236. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825751/pdf/nihms163128.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1815
dc.description.abstract Behaviors beginning in childhood or adolescence may mediate the relationship between childhood maltreatment and involvement in prostitution. This paper examines five potential mediators: early sexual initiation, running away, juvenile crime, school problems, and early drug use. Using a prospective cohort design, abused and neglected children (ages 0–11) with cases processed during 1967–1971 were matched with non-abused, non-neglected children and followed into young adulthood. Data are from in-person interviews at approximate age 29 and arrest records through 1994. Structural Equation Modeling tested path models. Results indicated that victims of child abuse and neglect were at increased risk for all problem behaviors, except drug use. In the full model, only early sexual initiation remained significant as a mediator in the pathway from child abuse and neglect to prostitution. Findings were generally consistent for physical and sexual abuse and neglect. These findings suggest that interventions to reduce problem behaviors among maltreated children may also reduce their risk for prostitution later in life. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Research on Adolescence en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject neglect en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject long term effects en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject prostitution en_US
dc.title The role of youth problem behaviors in the path from child abuse and neglect to prostitution: A prospective examination en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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