Predictors of rape: Findings from the National Survey of Adolescents

Lisa S. Elwood*, Daniel W. Smith, Heidi S. Resnick, Berglind Gudmundsdottir, Ananda B. Amstadter, Rochelle F. Hanson, Benjamin E. Saunders, Dean G. Kilpatrick

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The current report examines data for 872 female adolescents obtained during the initial and follow-up interviews of the National Survey of Adolescents, a nationally representative sample. Lifetime prevalence of violence exposure reported was 12% and 13% for sexual assault, 19% and 10% for physical assault/punishment, and 33% and 26% for witnessing violence at Waves I and II, respectively. Racial/ethnic status, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and family drug problems emerged as significant predictors of new rape. Each of the PTSD symptom clusters significantly predicted new rape and analyses supported the mediational role of PTSD between CSA and new rape. African American or other racial identity was associated with lower risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


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