Primary Research Areas
Adolescent substance use and sexual risk behavior, effects of alcohol on women’s risk perception and response to sexual aggression, sexual assault prevention.
Developmental Pathways of Teen Dating Violence in a High-Risk Sample (funded by NIJ) The goal of this project is to examine developmental risk and protective factors associated with teen dating violence in a sample of adolescents from alcoholic and non-alcoholic families. Co-Investigators are Dr. Rina Eiden and Dr. Kenneth Leonard.
Sexual Harassment and Alcohol Use Among Adolescent Girls: A Pilot Study (funded by RIA Research Development Program). This pilot study involves conducting focus group interviews with adolescent girls ages 14 - 17 years, to explore their perceptions of cross-gendered peer sexual harassment and its relation to alcohol use and risky dating.
Adolescent alcohol use, sexual assault and STD/HIV risk (funded by NIAAA). This research explores the factors associated with adolescent girls’ initiation of alcohol use and sexual risk behavior and examines the timing of onset of these risk behaviors in relation to experiencing negative sex-related outcomes (in collaboration with Mentors Maria Testa, PhD and Michael Windle, PhD).
Alcohol and Women’s Responses to Sexual Aggression (funded by NIAAA). Examination of the impact of alcohol on women’s ability to recognize and respond to risk of sexual aggression (in collaboration with Principal Investigator Maria Testa, PhD).
Representative and Recent Publications
Hequembourg, A. L., Livingston, J. A., & Parks, K. A. (in press). Sexual victimization and associated risks among lesbian and bisexual women. Violence Against Women.
Livingston, J. A., Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Hequembourg, A. L., Testa, M., & Downs, J. S. (2013). Mixed Drinks and Mixed Messages: Adolescent Girls' Perspectives on Alcohol and Sex. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 38-50.
Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Livingston, J. A., & Fava, N. M. (2013). Not always a clear path: Making space for peers, adults, and complexity in adolescent girls' sexual development. In E. L. Zurbriggen & T. Roberts (Eds.), The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood (pp. 257-277). New York: Oxford University Press.
Testa, M., Hoffman, J.H., & Livingston, J.A. (2011). Intergenerational transmission of sexual victimization vulnerability as mediated via parenting. Child Abuse and Neglect, 35, 363-371
Livingston, J. A., Hequembourg, A. L., & Testa, M. (2012). Sexual victimization. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 2692 – 2699). New York, New York: Springer.
Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2011). Advancing the study of violence against women using mixed methods: Integrating qualitative methods into a quantitative research program. Violence Against Women, 17, 236-250.
Bay-Cheng, Livingston, & Fava (2010) to: Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Livingston, J. A., & Fava, N. M. (2011). Adolescent girls' assessment and management of sexual risks: Insights from focus group research. Youth & Society, 43, 1167-1193. http://yas.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/
Livingston, J. A., Testa, M., Hoffman, J. H., & Windle, M. (2010). Can parents prevent heavy episodic drinking by allowing teens to drink at home? Addictive Behaviors, 35, 1105-1112.
Testa, M., Hoffman, J. H., & Livingston, J. A. (2010). Alcohol and sexual risk behaviors as mediators of the sexual victimization-revictimization relationship, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 249-259.
Testa, M., & Livingston, J. A., (2009). Alcohol consumption and women's vulnerability to sexual victimization: Can reducing women’s drinking prevent rape? Substance Use & Misuse, 44, 1349-1376.
Livingston, J. A., Hequembourg, A., Testa, M., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2007). Unique aspects of adolescent sexual victimization experiences. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 331-343.
Livingston, J. A., Testa, M., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2007). The reciprocal relationship between sexual victimization and sexual assertiveness. Violence Against Women, 13, 298-313.
Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., & Hoffman, J. H. (2007). Does sexual victimization predict subsequent alcohol consumption? A prospective study among a community sample of women. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2926-2939.
Livingston, J. A., Buddie, A. M., Testa, M., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2004). The role of sexual precedence in verbal sexual coercion. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 287-297.
Testa, M., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Livingston, J. A., & Koss, M. P. (2004). Assessing women’s experiences of sexual aggression using the Sexual Experiences Survey: Evidence for validity and implications for research. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 256-265.
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