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Associations Among Age of First Experience of Violence, Type of Victimization, Polyvictimization, and Mental Distress in Nigerian Females.

Authors
  • Lee, NaeHyung1, 2, 3
  • Osborne, Melissa1, 2, 3
  • Massetti, Greta4
  • Watson, Ashley1, 2, 3
  • Self-Brown, Shannon1, 2, 3
  • 1 Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, 1373Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. , (Georgia)
  • 2 National SafeCare Training and Research Center, 1373Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. , (Georgia)
  • 3 Center for Research of Interpersonal Violence, 1373Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. , (Georgia)
  • 4 Division of Violence Prevention, 1242Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
2992–3012
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211038973
PMID: 34894889
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explored associations of age of first victimization, sexual violence (SV), physical violence (PV), polyvictimization, and mental distress among females in Nigeria (<i>n</i> = 1,766, 13-24 years old) using the nationally representative 2014 Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey. Multinomial logistic regressions were performed. Nigerian females reporting SV victimization and polyvictimization were more likely to experience higher mental distress. The older the female was at the time of PV victimization, the greater the risk for mental distress. Violence is prevalent in Nigeria and its impact on youth's health is severe. However, evidence-based and data-driven policies and programs can reduce and prevent violence.

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