Prevalence and psychosocial correlates of forced sexual intercourse among U.S. high school adolescents

Adolescence. Winter 2007;42(168):629-43.

Abstract

Although a history of forced sexual intercourse affects a relatively small number of U.S. adolescents, it is a persistent and alarming public health problem. This study examined the robustness of the risk profile of adolescents who report a history of forced sexual intercourse using the most current and representative data from the national 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Overall, 8.01% of high school adolescents reported a history of forced sexual intercourse. The lifetime prevalence for females (10.3%) was roughly twice of that for males (4.8%). Important differences in the risk profile associated with forced sexual intercourse were found by gender.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Age Distribution
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Rape / psychology*
  • Rape / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology