Forced Intercourse, Mental Health, and Human Capital

Citation

Rees, Daniel I. & Sabia, Joseph J. (2013). Forced Intercourse, Mental Health, and Human Capital. Southern Economic Journal. vol. 80 (2) pp. 324-344

Abstract

Previous studies have found evidence that experiencing a traumatic event during childhood or adolescence can interfere with the acquisition of human capital. Drawing on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we estimate the effects of being the victim of forced intercourse on the mental health, academic performance, and educational attainment of young women paying careful attention to the role of unobservables at the individual, family, and community levels. Our results suggest that forced intercourse is strongly related to depression. Moreover, there is evidence that the psychological damage caused by forced intercourse leads to reduced academic performance and educational attainment.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.4284/0038-4038-2013.015

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Southern Economic Journal

Author(s)

Rees, Daniel I.
Sabia, Joseph J.

Year Published

2013

Volume Number

80

Issue Number

2

Pages

324-344

DOI

10.4284/0038-4038-2013.015

Reference ID

4821