Advanced pubertal development was associated with more ADA victimization when girls’ friendship groups comprised a higher percentage of boys.
Participants reported at wave 2 whether they had experienced any verbal or physical abuse in their relationships.
Early pubertal development is a risk marker for ADA victimization, particularly when a higher percentage of girls’ friends are boys.
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METHODS: Data were drawn from wave 1 and 2 (1995–1996) of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.
The sample included 3870 girls aged 13 to 17 years, all of whom were in romantic and/or nonromantic sexual relationships.
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