Juvenile Entry Into Prostitution: The Role of Emotional Abuse

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    This study seeks to assess the nature and extent of childhood emotional abuse among adult women in a residential prostitution-exiting program. Regression analyses were conducted to assess the unique role of childhood emotional abuse in the prediction of age of entry into prostitution. Childhood emotional abuse, a history of running away during childhood, and participating in survival-based exchanges of sex were significantly associated with the commercial sexual exploitation of girls younger than age 18, while childhood emotional abuse contributed to predicting a younger age of entry. Results are discussed regarding policy, prevention, and future research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)562-579
    Number of pages18
    JournalViolence Against Women
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - May 2012


    • age of entry
    • childhood emotional abuse
    • juvenile prostitution
    • prostitution
    • sex work

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Law


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