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Strong association between earlier abuse and revictimization in youth

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dc.contributor.author Blom, H., Högberg, U., Olofsson, N., & Danielsson, I.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-29T16:24:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-29T16:24:35Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Blom, H., Högberg, U., Olofsson, N., & Danielsson, I. (2014). Strong association between earlier abuse and revictimization in youth. BMC Public Health, 14, 715. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-715 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1471-2458-14-715
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3609
dc.description.abstract Background: Violence victimization among youth is recognized as a public health problem. The objective was to analyze the risk pattern of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse during the past 12 months by gender, sociodemographic factors, health risk behaviors, and exposure to abuse before the age of 15, among young men and women attending youth health centers in Sweden. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a nationally representative sample of youth health centers. A total of 2,250 young women and 920 young men aged 15–23 completed a self-administered questionnaire. Odds ratios (OR) and adjusted odds ratios (AOR) with 95% CI were calculated. Results: A consistent and strong association was noted between exposure to all types of violence during the past year and victimization before the age of 15 for all types of violence for both women and men. The only exceptions were childhood sexual victimization and sexual violence during the past year for men. Younger age was associated with all violence exposure for the women and with emotional violence for the men. For the women, drug use was associated with all types of violence, while the association with hazardous alcohol use and not living with parents was restricted to physical and sexual violence exposure, present smoking was restricted to emotional and physical violence exposure, and partnership and living in urban areas were restricted to sexual violence. For men, not being partnered, hazardous alcohol consumption, and drug use meant increased risk for physical violence, while smoking and living in urban areas were associated with sexual violence. After adjustment, immigration had no association with violence exposure. Conclusions: Violence victimization in young men and women is often not a single experience. Findings underline the importance of early interventions among previously abused youth. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BMC Public Health en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject physical abuse en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject teens en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.title Strong association between earlier abuse and revictimization in youth en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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