Pathways From Peer Victimization to Sexually Transmitted Infections Among African American Adolescents

Jun Sung Hong, Jinwon Kim, Jane J. Lee, Celine L. Shamoun, Jeoung Min Lee, Dexter R. Voisin

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African American youths, especially those in low resource communities, are vulnerable to peer victimization, which can increase risk of sexually transmitted infections. However, few studies explored the relationship between these two health concerns and the pathways that may link them. The present study aimed to address this gap. We used descriptive statistics, correlation coefficients, and structural equation modeling to analyze data collected from 277 adolescents ages 13 to 24 years in Chicago. Primary results indicated that peer victimization was not directly related to acquisition of sexually transmitted infections. However, peer victimization was negatively associated with condom use, and condom use was negatively associated with sexually transmitted infections. Furthermore, affiliation with sexually active peers was positively associated with substance use. These findings have implications for bullying and sexual risk prevention and intervention of low-income youths. Attention to treatment approaches and interventions that are holistic and culturally feasible is recommended for practitioners working with urban youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-815
Number of pages18
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by grants from the Center for Health Administration Studies and the STI/HIV Intervention Network at the University of Chicago, which were awarded to Dr. Dexter R. Voisin.

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  • adolescence
  • bullying
  • peer victimization
  • sexual risks
  • sexually transmitted infections


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