Sexual coercion experiences and sequelae among Latina and Latino young adults
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Rates of sexual victimization remain high in the U.S. and is especially so among some U.S. ethnic minority groups (Caetano et al., 2009). This study examined the variety of sexually coercive experiences in a sample of 90 Latina and Latino youth and young adults and related psychological and behavioral health outcomes. Prevalence of verbal, substance, and physical peer coercion and open-ended descriptions of these experiences were examined with rates of having any type of sexual coercion as high as 46%. Gender differences were not significant. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed that sexual coercion predicted sexual risk taking and psychological distress. Engaged coping was a positive predictor for self-esteem and a negative predictor for psychological distress. Disengaged coping was a negative predictor for self-esteem. Sexual coercion was also a positive predictor for sexual risk taking behaviors. These findings offer insight to the types of coercion experiences and related psychosocial adjustment among Latina and Latino young adults as well as the prevalence and psychosocial consequences.
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