European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp 521–526 | Cite as

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

  • Rikke Holm BramsenEmail author
  • Mathias Lasgaard
  • Mary P. Koss
  • Ask Elklit
  • Jytte Banner
Original Contribution


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.


Sexual victimization Initial incident Adolescence Prospective study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rikke Holm Bramsen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mathias Lasgaard
    • 2
  • Mary P. Koss
    • 3
  • Ask Elklit
    • 2
  • Jytte Banner
    • 4
  1. 1.The Danish Research Unit of Psychological TraumaUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark
  2. 2.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.College of Public HealthUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  4. 4.Institute of Forensic MedicineAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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