Navigation Links
Past Abuse Puts Homeless Youth at Risk for Early Sex: Study
Date:11/19/2010

FRIDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Homeless youth who were sexually abused as children may engage in sex at a young age because they believe sex is a way to get people to like them, a new study suggests.

Canadian researchers gathered information from 179 homeless youth, aged 16 to 21, from five homeless shelters in Toronto and the surrounding area. Nearly 42 percent of them reported they were sexually abused as children. Females were much more likely than males to report sexual abuse -- 62 percent versus 26.9 percent.

Those who were sexually abused had their first sexual encounter, on average, at age 14. That is two to three years younger than the general Canadian population, said the Ryerson University researchers.

"For homeless teens, especially young women, being sexually abused as children may make these young people think sex is a way to make someone like them. As a result they are more likely to start having sex at an earlier age," Trevor Hart, an associate professor of psychology and director of Ryerson's HIV Prevention Lab, said in a university news release.

The study also found that two-thirds of the homeless youth had unprotected vaginal sex.

"By engaging in risky sex, these youth are also potentially exposing themselves to HIV/AIDS, along with a host of other sexually transmitted infections," Hart said.

The findings were slated to be presented this week at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference. Because the findings were presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The National Coalition for the Homeless has more about homeless youth.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Ryerson University, news release, Nov. 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Women Veterans Less Likely Than Male Peers to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol
2. Childhood Abuse Linked to Diabetes Risk in Adult Women
3. APHA 2010: Study finds funding for substance abuse in Indiana lacking
4. African-American seniors at twice the risk for mental abuse, 5 times for financial exploitation
5. Could brain abnormalities cause antisocial behavior and drug abuse in boys?
6. Researcher wins $2.5 million award from National Institute on Drug Abuse
7. Studies on combat-related substance use and abuse to be funded by NIH and VA
8. Mothers abused by partners see decline in mental health even after relationship ends
9. UTHealth School of Nursing to host conference on aging and abuse
10. Childhood abuse, adversity may shorten life, weaken immune response among the elderly
11. Drugs to treat cocaine abuse?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Past Abuse Puts Homeless Youth at Risk for Early Sex: Study
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... , ... “The Trainer”: an electrifying and suspenseful gunslinger novel with a ... an active imagination and an enthusiasm for action and adventure stories. , ... Hart, who sat looking at the thirty-three notches that lined the edges of the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... today announced the publication of “Profiling protein expression in circulating tumor cells using ... publication describes the use of the Vortex technology to capture CTCs ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 ... ... information community, announces the publication of the first issue of its companion print ... educate the public about cosmetic surgery thanks to information provided by board-certified doctors ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... Sam & Associates Insurance Agency, a ... related services to residents of the region, is embarking on a charity effort ... wild lands. , Endangered Species International is committed to ending the anthropogenic trends ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The American ... prior authorization (PA) form for prescribers to improve patients’ access to the revolutionary ... tools published as part of the article entitled “PCSK9 Inhibitor Access Barriers: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... Florida , March 22, 2017 ... ... uses and applications for cannabis CBD oil continues to ... explosive CBD Oil extraction market are enhancing production through ... thriving in the legal marijuana sector include: Future Farm Technologies ...
(Date:3/22/2017)...  Varex Imaging Corporation (Nasdaq: VREX ) ... pricing agreement with Toshiba Medical Systems under which Varex ... tubes for integration into Toshiba Medical,s CT imaging systems ... effective April 1, 2017. Potential sales of ... to be in the range of $345 million to ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... WOODRIDGE, Ill. , March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... providing innovative solutions for patients who suffer from ... their management team. Recent hires include experienced medtech ... Officer (CMO), Richard Powers , Chief Information ... President of Manufacturing and Operations, who bring a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: