This study examined the association between ADHD symptoms experienced before age 12 and sexual victimization during adolescence in a sample of 374 college women who had not been sexually victimized as children. The linkage with risky sexual behavior and the moderating effects of sociodemographic factors also were considered using structural equation modeling. ADHD symptoms were associated with greater sexual victimization during adolescence and were linked with sexual victimization through engagement in risky sexual behavior. Sociodemographic factors did not affect the overall model; however, sociodemographic factors were differentially related to certain paths in the model. In particular, the associations between ADHD symptoms and sexual victimization, as well as risky sexual behavior, were stronger for Black than White women. Also, the relation between ADHD risky sexual behaviors was stronger for young women who grew up with only their mother than with both parents, and for those whose primary caregiver was employed rather than unemployed.
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White, J.W., Buehler, C. Adolescent Sexual Victimization, ADHD Symptoms, and Risky Sexual Behavior. J Fam Viol 27, 123–132 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9411-y
- ADHD symptoms
- Risky behavior
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual victimization