Ireland, Carol Ann, Alderson, Kirsty and Ireland, Jane Louise (2015) Sexual exploitation in children: Nature, prevalence and distinguishing characteristics reported in young adulthood. Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 24 (6). pp. 603-622.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2015.1049765
The aim of this study was to explore the nature and extent of sexual exploitation in a university student sample, whilst being clear that sexual exploitation is sexual abuse. Overall, 47% of participants (96 out of 204) reported having been approached by an adult in a sexual manner when they were under the age of 16. The study predicted that a number of individual characteristics would increase a young person’s vulnerability for sexual exploitation. These included low self-esteem, external locus of control, social loneliness and insecure attachment. Results indicated lower levels of self-esteem among those who had been approached sexually, although it is not clear in terms of causality. There were no differences in scores for locus of control or loneliness. Relationship anxiety was significantly linked with children having engaged in sexual behaviours with an adult. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of emerging individual characteristics relating to a risk of sexual exploitation.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Exploitation, Sexual Abuse, Vulnerability, Nature, Extent, Self-Esteem, Attachment|
|Subjects:||C - Biological sciences > C800 - Psychology|
|Schools:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Carol Ann Ireland|
|Deposited On:||18 Mar 2016 11:39|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2016 03:34|
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