Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The study examined experiential avoidance as a mediator between sexual victimization and negative adult outcomes. Baron and Kenny's (1986) regression analyses were performed on a sample of 304 undergraduate women to assess direct and indirect effects of sexual victimization on depressive, psychological distress, and alcohol abuse symptoms. Experiential avoidance accounted for statistically significant, but modest effects of victimization on depressive and distress symptoms. Child sexual abuse was not directly associated with experiential avoidance or negative outcomes, but increased vulnerability for adolescent sexual victimization. Adolescent sexual victimization contributed to increased experiential avoidance, which was associated with greater negative outcomes. These results uniquely contribute to the existing literature linking experiential avoidance to psychological problems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Polusny, MA; Rosenthal, MZ; Aban, I; Follette, VM

Published Date

  • February 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 120

PubMed ID

  • 15179750

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-6708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1891/vivi.


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States