1 Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.3 College of Public Health, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ, USA.4 Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
testing a multiple mediator model in a non-incarcerated sample of Danish adolescents
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.
European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 2014, Vol 5, p. 1-8