Mathias Lasgaard

Investigating the effect of child maltreatment on early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression: Testing a multiple mediator model in a non-incarcerated sample of Danish adolescents

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  • Rikke Holm Bramsen, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Mathias Lasgaard
  • Mary P. Koss, University of Arizona
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  • Ask Elklit, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Jytte Banner, University of Copenhagen

Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between child maltreatment and severe early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression, using a multiple mediator model. Methods: The study comprised 330 male Grade 9 students with a mean age of 14.9 years (SD = 0.5). Results: Estimates from the mediation model indicated significant indirect effects of child physical abuse on sexual aggression via peer influence and insecure-hostile masculinity. No significant total effect of child sexual abuse and child neglect on sexual aggression was found. Conclusions: Findings of the present study identify risk factors that are potentially changeable and therefore of value in informing the design of prevention programs aiming at early adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression in at-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotraumatology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Adolescence, Child maltreatment, Mediator model, Sexual aggression

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