By David Lee on September 21, 2009 · tagged as , , , ,

Characteristics of sexual aggressors of alcohol and non-alcohol-related assault

In the recent issue of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a study examines the alcohol use of adolescents who commit sexual assaults of peers.

Here is the citation and abstract from SafetyLit:

Adolescent peer-on-peer sexual aggression: Characteristics of aggressors of alcohol and non-alcohol-related assault.

Young AM, King L, Abbey A, Boyd CJ. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2009; 70(5): 700-3.

(Copyright © 2009, Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics of adolescents involved in alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related sexual assault of peers.

METHOD: A Web-based survey was administered to 1,220 7th- to 12th-grade students from a middle school and high school in southeastern Michigan.

RESULTS: Adolescents who reported alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related sexual aggression had higher levels of impulsivity and more extensive histories of dating, early sexual activity, and alcohol consumption than adolescents who did not assault. Moreover, aggressors of alcohol-related assault had higher levels of past-30-day alcohol use and reported more alcohol-/drug-related problems than aggressors of non-alcohol-related assault.

CONCLUSIONS: Early identification of the characteristics associated with alcohol-related sexual aggression suggests that targeted interventions may be feasible for this group of adolescents at high risk for both sexual perpetration and alcoholism during adulthood.

David Lee

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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