Investigating the effect of child maltreatment on early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression: Testing a multiple mediator model in a non-incarcerated sample of Danish adolescents

Rikke Holm Bramsen, Mathias Lasgaard, Mary P Koss, Ask Elklit, Jytte Banner

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between child maltreatment and severe early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression, using a multiple mediator model. Methods: The study comprised 330 male Grade 9 students with a mean age of 14.9 years (SD = 0.5). Results: Estimates from the mediation model indicated significant indirect effects of child physical abuse on sexual aggression via peer influence and insecure-hostile masculinity. No significant total effect of child sexual abuse and child neglect on sexual aggression was found. Conclusions: Findings of the present study identify risk factors that are potentially changeable and therefore of value in informing the design of prevention programs aiming at early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression in at-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotraumatology
Volume5
Issue numberSUPPL
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Child maltreatment
  • Mediator model
  • Sexual aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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