CitationUlloa, Emilio C.; Salazar, Marissa; & Monjaras, Lidia (2016). Prevalence and correlates of sex exchange among a nationally representative sample of adolescents and young adults. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. vol. 25 (5) pp. 524-537
AbstractThe present study examines prevalence and correlates of exchanging sex for drugs, money, food shelter, or other favors (sex exchange) among a nationally representative sample of youth and young adults. Adolescents and young adults (n = 11,620, 53% female, 47% male) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were used for the current sample. Participants completed in-home interviews at both waves. Results revealed that sex exchange was reported by 4.9% (n = 569) of the population in wave 2 or wave 3, and 4.6% (n = 26) of those who exchanged sex did so at both waves. More males reported exchanging sex than females (n = 332 versus n = 237). Respondents who reported child sexual abuse were more likely to exchange sex (95% CI 2.51-4.28, p < .05) than respondents who reported any other form of child abuse. Both males and females who engaged in sex exchange were at greater risk for sexually transmitted infections; however, the odds of ever exchanging sex were highest among males who ever had gonorrhea (OR = 6.2; 95% CI 3.75-10.3). Although sex exchange has been studied extensively among homeless and runaway youth, the current study reveals sex exchange also occurs in the general population.
Keyword(s)risky sexual behavior sexual assault sexually transmitted infections substance use
Notes1547-0679 Ulloa, Emilio Salazar, Marissa Monjaras, Lidia Journal article J Child Sex Abus. 2016 Jun 7:1-14.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Author(s)Ulloa, Emilio C.