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The prevalence of adult sexual assault. The Los Angeles Epidemiologic Catchment Area Project.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3500639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Data were collected as a supplement to the Los Angeles Epidemiologic Catchment Area project, one of five field sites of a National Institute of Mental Health-initiated program. The authors used a two-stage probability sampling technique to interview 3,132 Los Angeles residents of two mental health catchment areas during the period January 1983-August 1984. Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites were about equally represented in the sample, as were males and females. Respondents were asked, "In your lifetime has anyone ever tried to pressure or force you to have sexual contact? By sexual contact I mean their touching your sexual parts, your touching their sexual parts, or sexual intercourse?" Persons who reported an assault were asked additional questions, including information about the most recent assault. Lifetime prevalence of sexual assault during adulthood (at or after age 16 years) was estimated at 10.5% for the entire sample. Women, non-Hispanic whites, and young people (less than age 40 years) reported higher rates of sexual assault than men, Hispanics, and older people. Highest rates were reported by young non-Hispanic white women with some college education (26.3%). In the most recent sexual assault, three-fourths of respondents knew their assailant, over half experienced harm or the threat of harm, and half experienced sexual contact including but not limited to intercourse.
S B Sorenson; J A Stein; J M Siegel; J M Golding; M A Burnam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of epidemiology     Volume:  126     ISSN:  0002-9262     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1987 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-07     Completed Date:  1988-01-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910653     Medline TA:  Am J Epidemiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1154-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, UCLA School of Public Health.
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MeSH Terms
Catchment Area (Health)
Cross-Sectional Studies
European Continental Ancestry Group
Hispanic Americans
Interviews as Topic / methods
Sex Factors
Grant Support

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