The Coping Strategies That Have A History Of Csa Essay

729 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
Another risk factor that leads to pregnancy is the different coping strategies that adolescents use that have a history of CSA. Saewyc, Magee, and Pettingell discovered that adolescents may abuse substances or run away from home, both of which increase the probability that they will be involved in a pregnancy at a young age (as cited in Miller-Graff, Cater, Howell, & Graham-Bermann, 2015).
While females who experienced CSA may engage in risky sexual behavior and run the risk of an unwanted pregnancy, the same is true for males who experienced CSA. Finkelhor and Browne conducted research and found that the loss of power that children experience when they are abused has a huge impact on their future. Many males who experience this sense of “powerlessness” attempt to regain their power by sexually dominating others when they are in their adolescent years and beyond. By reenacting their own sexual experience, they provide themselves with a sense of control, control they lacked when they were abused as a child. Because of this, males with a background of CSA have a higher potential for being adolescent fathers than females are for being adolescent mothers. Fathering a child can provide males with a symbol of their masculinity and provide them with a sense of masculinity that was once taken from (as cited in Francisco et al., 2008). On a different note, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy are not the only long-term physical effect that CSA can have on an adolescent’s…

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