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Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents.
J Sch Health. 2018 12; 88(12):903-909.JS

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Research indicates that victimization exposures are associated with sexual risk-taking behaviors, but there is a relative lack of research on the relation between peer victimization and sexual risk taking among adolescents. This study fills this gap through examining how bullying, cyberbullying, and dating violence victimization at baseline are related to sexual risk-taking behaviors 1 year later.

METHODS

Participants were a convenience sample of 220 sexually active high school students who were drawn from a larger sample of 2205 adolescents attending 6 high schools in Illinois. Adolescents completed Wave 1 surveys in Spring 2015 and Wave 2 surveys in Spring 2016.

RESULTS

Latent difference score models indicated that bullying victimization was not related to sexual risk-taking behaviors. Baseline levels of cyberbullying and verbal teen dating violence, however, were both associated with more sex under the influence of alcohol at Wave 2. Further, findings revealed that changes over time in verbal teen dating violence victimization were associated with changes over time in sex under the influence of alcohol.

CONCLUSIONS

Given links between peer victimization exposures and sexual risk-taking behaviors, school-based prevention and intervention efforts should address these in concert with one another.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University School of Education, 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215.Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainseville, FL 32622.Oregon Research Institute, 1776 Millrace Dr Eugene, OR 97401.Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University School of Education, 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30392190

Citation

Holt, Melissa, et al. "Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents." The Journal of School Health, vol. 88, no. 12, 2018, pp. 903-909.
Holt M, Espelage D, Van Ryzin M, et al. Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents. J Sch Health. 2018;88(12):903-909.
Holt, M., Espelage, D., Van Ryzin, M., & Bowman, C. (2018). Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents. The Journal of School Health, 88(12), 903-909. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12698
Holt M, et al. Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents. J Sch Health. 2018;88(12):903-909. PubMed PMID: 30392190.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Peer Victimization and Sexual Risk Taking Among Adolescents. AU - Holt,Melissa, AU - Espelage,Dorothy, AU - Van Ryzin,Mark, AU - Bowman,Chelsey, PY - 2017/01/12/received PY - 2018/01/07/revised PY - 2018/01/14/accepted PY - 2018/11/5/entrez PY - 2018/11/6/pubmed PY - 2020/3/14/medline KW - bullying KW - cyberbullying KW - dating violence KW - peer victimization KW - sexual risk taking SP - 903 EP - 909 JF - The Journal of school health JO - J Sch Health VL - 88 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Research indicates that victimization exposures are associated with sexual risk-taking behaviors, but there is a relative lack of research on the relation between peer victimization and sexual risk taking among adolescents. This study fills this gap through examining how bullying, cyberbullying, and dating violence victimization at baseline are related to sexual risk-taking behaviors 1 year later. METHODS: Participants were a convenience sample of 220 sexually active high school students who were drawn from a larger sample of 2205 adolescents attending 6 high schools in Illinois. Adolescents completed Wave 1 surveys in Spring 2015 and Wave 2 surveys in Spring 2016. RESULTS: Latent difference score models indicated that bullying victimization was not related to sexual risk-taking behaviors. Baseline levels of cyberbullying and verbal teen dating violence, however, were both associated with more sex under the influence of alcohol at Wave 2. Further, findings revealed that changes over time in verbal teen dating violence victimization were associated with changes over time in sex under the influence of alcohol. CONCLUSIONS: Given links between peer victimization exposures and sexual risk-taking behaviors, school-based prevention and intervention efforts should address these in concert with one another. SN - 1746-1561 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30392190/Peer_Victimization_and_Sexual_Risk_Taking_Among_Adolescents_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12698 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -