Dating Violence Victimization and Unprotected Sex Acts Among Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment

Rizzo, Christie; Hunter, Heather; Lang, Delia; Oliveira, Cassandra; Donenberg, Geri; DiClemente, Ralph; Brown, Larry
October 2012
Journal of Child & Family Studies;Oct2012, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p825
Academic Journal
The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between dating violence victimization and unprotected sex acts among youth in mental health treatment. Sexually-active adolescents ( n = 261; ages 13-18) enrolled in mental health treatment completed an audio-assisted computerized self-interview (ACASI) to assess recent dating violence victimization, unprotected sex acts, depression symptoms, and recent alcohol use. Path analysis revealed that dating violence victimization was related to unprotected sex acts both directly and indirectly via its association with depression and condom use self-efficacy. These findings suggest that in order to reduce HIV-related risk behaviors among dating violence victims, treatment providers should consider depressive symptomatology and associated affect around sexual situations.


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