Thursday, November 17, 2016

History of Child Maltreatment and its Impact on Psychosocial and High-risk Sexual Behaviors in Inner-city Minority Adolescent Women

NOVEMBER 22, 2016 | 12-1 PM | ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS, EDUCATION 2 SOUTH, ROOM 2206

Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc, Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Over six million children each year are referred to child protective services for maltreatment, encompassing child abuse (sexual, physical and emotional) and neglect (physical and emotional). While the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and sexual risk-taking during adolescence has been well documented, there is little data regarding other types of abuse and neglect, which represent the majority of reported cases. In this talk, Dr. Viswanathan will be presenting the prevalence and impact of child abuse and neglect in low-income, inner-city, African-American and Hispanic adolescent women, enrolled sequentially in a cohort investigation of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection following vaccination at the largest adolescent health center in the U.S.The study results evaluating the relation of self-reported history of child maltreatment with current psychosocial factors (depression, antisocial behavior), high-risk behaviors (number of sexual partners,having unprotected sex, drug/alcohol use), and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections will be discussed.

This seminar is cosponsored by the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

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