Research strongly suggests a relationship between interpersonal trauma exposure (IPT) and transmission risk behaviors (TRB) that increase risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Gender differences in TRB in trauma exposed groups seem to exist and need more research attention. Participants were 94 ethnically diverse individuals ranging from the age of 18-70 seeking voluntary HIV/STD testing at the Center for Behavioral Research and Services. Results of this study indicated that the experience of trauma is positively associated with the use of TRB, the experience of IPT is positively correlated with endorsing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, and that women experience more IPT than men. These findings lend support to previous trauma studies while also attempting to fill in the gap in knowledge concerning gender disparity in PTSD prevalence and the use of TRB to cope with distress. The implications, limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Counseling Psychology|
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