Childhood victimization and subsequent adult revictimization assessed in a nationally representative sample of women and men

Violence Vict. 2002 Dec;17(6):639-53. doi: 10.1891/vivi.17.6.639.33725.


The purpose of this study was to identify whether experiences of childhood physical and/or sexual victimization would increase women's and men's risk for victimization in adulthood by different perpetrators (any perpetrator regardless of the relationship to the victim; intimate partner perpetrator; non-intimate perpetrator) using a nationally representative sample. Results of hierarchical logistic regression analyses indicated that childhood victimization increased the risk for adulthood victimization by any perpetrator for men and women, and by an intimate partner for women but not men. Female and male victims of physical and/or sexual child abuse are at higher risk for adult victimization by non-intimate perpetrators. These results suggest the appropriateness of interventions among adults or young adults who have been victims of child abuse, to prevent any future victimization in adulthood. To guide the development of such prevention programs, research is needed to identify factors that affect the probability of adulthood victimization among child abuse victims.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology*
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*