Prevalence of sexual assault appears to be stable over time. There is no single disorder that develops reliably after sexual assault. For this reason, this study explored development of maladaptive coping strategies. Social isolation and self blame are coping strategies that may be developed after experiencing sexual assault. The development of maladaptive coping strategies is hypothesize to be related to reporting their assault. This study sampled 131 initial participants. Of the 131 initial participants 64 indicated a history of sexual assault. Of those that reported their sexual assault (N = 32), there was no statistically significant difference in developing social isolation or self blame than those that had not reported their sexual assault (N = 32). A chi-square found significance related to ethnicity and reporting sexually assault, indicating White women reported their assault significantly more than African American women.
|Commitee:||Brown, Danice, Segrsit, Dan|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Reporting, Self blame, Sexual assault, Social isolation|
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