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NCJ Number: 237090 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring the Relationships of Women's Sexual Assault Disclosure, Social Reactions, and Problem Drinking
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:9  Dated:September 2008  Pages:1235-1257
Author(s): Sarah E. Ullman; Laura L. Starzynski; Susan M. Long; Gillian E. Mason; LaDonna M. Long
Date Published: September 2008
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: RO1 AA13455
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the correlates of sexual assault disclosure and social reactions in female victims with and without drinking problems.
Abstract: The goal of this exploratory study was to examine correlates of sexual assault disclosure and social reactions in female victims with and without drinking problems. An ethnically diverse sample of sexual assault survivors was recruited from college, community, and mental health agencies. Ethnic minority women were less likely to disclose assault, and women with a greater number of traumatic life events disclosed assault more often. Although there were no differences in disclosure likelihood by drinking status; of those disclosing, problem drinkers told more support sources and received more negative and positive social reactions than nonproblem drinkers. Correlates of receiving negative social reactions were similar for normal and problem drinkers; however, negative social reactions to assault disclosure were related to more problem drinking for women with less frequent social interaction. Implications for future research and possible support interventions with problem-drinking victims are provided. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victim crime precipitation
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Comparative analysis; Female victims; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Social conditions; Social psychology; Socialization; Victimization risk
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