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Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual.
PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0139198.Plos

Abstract

Few studies have examined the rates of childhood victimization among individuals who identify as "mostly heterosexual" (MH) in comparison to other sexual orientation groups. For the present study, we utilized a more comprehensive assessment of adverse childhood experiences to extend prior literature by examining if MH individuals' experience of victimization more closely mirrors that of sexual minority individuals or heterosexuals. Heterosexual (n = 422) and LGB (n = 561) and MH (n = 120) participants were recruited online. Respondents completed surveys about their adverse childhood experiences, both maltreatment by adults (e.g., childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and childhood household dysfunction) and peer victimization (i.e., verbal and physical bullying). Specifically, MH individuals were 1.47 times more likely than heterosexuals to report childhood victimization experiences perpetrated by adults. These elevated rates were similar to LGB individuals. Results suggest that rates of victimization of MH groups are more similar to the rates found among LGBs, and are significantly higher than heterosexual groups. Our results support prior research that indicates that an MH identity falls within the umbrella of a sexual minority, yet little is known about unique challenges that this group may face in comparison to other sexual minority groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada.Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26444428

Citation

Zou, Christopher, and Judith P. Andersen. "Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization Across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual." PloS One, vol. 10, no. 10, 2015, pp. e0139198.
Zou C, Andersen JP. Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual. PLoS One. 2015;10(10):e0139198.
Zou, C., & Andersen, J. P. (2015). Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual. PloS One, 10(10), e0139198. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139198
Zou C, Andersen JP. Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization Across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual. PLoS One. 2015;10(10):e0139198. PubMed PMID: 26444428.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Comparing the Rates of Early Childhood Victimization across Sexual Orientations: Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual. AU - Zou,Christopher, AU - Andersen,Judith P, Y1 - 2015/10/07/ PY - 2015/03/16/received PY - 2015/09/09/accepted PY - 2015/10/8/entrez PY - 2015/10/9/pubmed PY - 2016/6/2/medline SP - e0139198 EP - e0139198 JF - PloS one JO - PLoS One VL - 10 IS - 10 N2 - Few studies have examined the rates of childhood victimization among individuals who identify as "mostly heterosexual" (MH) in comparison to other sexual orientation groups. For the present study, we utilized a more comprehensive assessment of adverse childhood experiences to extend prior literature by examining if MH individuals' experience of victimization more closely mirrors that of sexual minority individuals or heterosexuals. Heterosexual (n = 422) and LGB (n = 561) and MH (n = 120) participants were recruited online. Respondents completed surveys about their adverse childhood experiences, both maltreatment by adults (e.g., childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and childhood household dysfunction) and peer victimization (i.e., verbal and physical bullying). Specifically, MH individuals were 1.47 times more likely than heterosexuals to report childhood victimization experiences perpetrated by adults. These elevated rates were similar to LGB individuals. Results suggest that rates of victimization of MH groups are more similar to the rates found among LGBs, and are significantly higher than heterosexual groups. Our results support prior research that indicates that an MH identity falls within the umbrella of a sexual minority, yet little is known about unique challenges that this group may face in comparison to other sexual minority groups. SN - 1932-6203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26444428/Comparing_the_Rates_of_Early_Childhood_Victimization_across_Sexual_Orientations:_Heterosexual_Lesbian_Gay_Bisexual_and_Mostly_Heterosexual_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -