The first paper, "Complex Childhood Trauma as a Life Course Indicator of Potentially Traumatic Experiences in Adolescence" uses nationally representative data from a high-risk sample of adolescents in the United States who experienced maltreatment during early childhood to provide information on the prevalence and correlates of experiencing a range of potentially traumatic events in adolescence.
The second paper, "Gender and Age Effects in Past-Year Experiences of Violence Amongst Adolescents in Five Countries" highlights patterns in changing risk for violence using nationally representative data from five low- and middle-income countries to assess the effects of age and sex as risk factors for certain types of violence, including sexual and intimate partner violence.
The third paper, "Sexual Violence Experience Among Nigerian Girls and Young Women: What is the Role of Early Sexual Debut, Multiple Sex Partnership, and Traditional Gender Role Beliefs?" presents nationally representative data to examine behavioral and psychological risk factors associated with sexual violence perpetration against girls and young women in Nigeria.
Drawing on a range of secondary data sources, these three papers present a life course perspective for victims of violence, highlight the relationship between early influences and later outcomes, examine individual life trajectories within a societal context, and will conclude by highlighting implications for both practice and policy. At the conclusion of the presentations, the discussant will deliver summary statements and moderate a discussion between the presenters and the symposium attendees. It is expected that the diversity of populations (US and Global) and range of outcomes will be appealing to the SPR Annual Meeting participants.