CitationJones, Jori; Testa, Alexander; Jackson, Dylan B.; Nagata, Jason M.; & Ganson, Kyle T. (2023). Sex Work and Educational Mobility: Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
AbstractThe purpose of the study was to assess the relationship between sex work involvement and education mobility among a national sample of US young adults. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health; N = 7732) were analyzed to explore the prospective association between lifetime sex work involvement measured in young adulthood (Wave III; ages 18–26) and educational mobility measured in adulthood (Wave V; ages 33–43). Multinomial logistic regression analyses were conducted, adjusting for relevant demographic and control variables. Results indicated that young adults who reported ever having been paid for sex by the ages of 18–26 had twofold greater risk (95% confidence interval 1.26–3.18) of having downward educational mobility compared to a stable level of education, or the same education, relative to their parents in adulthood. Given that education, by means of regular social connectedness to social supports, may be the most salient resiliency factor protecting adolescents from potential risks associated with sex work involvement (e.g., stigma, isolation from services), the findings from this study support the promotion of inclusive engagement from school settings to foster educational attainment and prevent poorer health and psychosocial outcomes that research to date has associated with sex work involvement.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleArchives of Sexual Behavior
Jackson, Dylan B.
Nagata, Jason M.
Ganson, Kyle T.