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

Publication ,  Journal Article
Polusny, MA; Rosenthal, MZ; Aban, I; Follette, VM
Published in: Violence Vict
February 2004

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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Violence Vict

DOI

ISSN

0886-6708

Publication Date

February 2004

Volume

19

Issue

1

Start / End Page

109 / 120

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Universities
  • Students
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Self Concept
  • Regression Analysis
  • Psychometrics
  • Models, Psychological
  • Midwestern United States
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Polusny, M. A., Rosenthal, M. Z., Aban, I., & Follette, V. M. (2004). Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes. Violence Vict, 19(1), 109–120. https://doi.org/10.1891/vivi.19.1.109.33238
Polusny, Melissa A., M Zachary Rosenthal, Inmaculada Aban, and Victoria M. Follette. “Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes.Violence Vict 19, no. 1 (February 2004): 109–20. https://doi.org/10.1891/vivi.19.1.109.33238.
Polusny MA, Rosenthal MZ, Aban I, Follette VM. Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes. Violence Vict. 2004 Feb;19(1):109–20.
Polusny, Melissa A., et al. “Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes.Violence Vict, vol. 19, no. 1, Feb. 2004, pp. 109–20. Pubmed, doi:10.1891/vivi.19.1.109.33238.
Polusny MA, Rosenthal MZ, Aban I, Follette VM. Experimental avoidance as a mediator of the effects of adolescent sexual victimization on negative adult outcomes. Violence Vict. 2004 Feb;19(1):109–120.

Published In

Violence Vict

DOI

ISSN

0886-6708

Publication Date

February 2004

Volume

19

Issue

1

Start / End Page

109 / 120

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Universities
  • Students
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Self Concept
  • Regression Analysis
  • Psychometrics
  • Models, Psychological
  • Midwestern United States
  • Humans
  • Female