Adolescent sexual victimization: A prospective study on risk factors for first time sexual assault

Rikke Holm Bramsen, Mathias Lasgaard, Mary P. Koss, Ask Elklit, Jytte Banner

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The present study set out to investigate predictors of first time adolescent peer-on-peer sexual victimization (APSV) among 238 female Grade 9 students from 30 schools in Denmark. A prospective research design was utilized to examine the relationship among five potential predictors as measured at baseline and first time APSV during a 6-month period. Data analysis was a binary logistic regression analysis. Number of sexual partners and displaying sexual risk behaviors significantly predicted subsequent first time peer-on-peer sexual victimization, whereas a history of child sexual abuse, early sexual onset and failing to signal sexual boundaries did not. The present study identifies specific risk factors for first time sexual victimization that are potentially changeable. Thus, the results may inform prevention initiatives targeting initial experiences of APSV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-526
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Adolescence
  • Initial incident
  • Prospective study
  • Sexual victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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