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The Association between Sexual Harassment and Suicidality Among College Women
by Hangartner, Renee R. Brown, M.A., University of South Florida, 2015, 97; 1604796
Abstract (Summary)

The prevalence of sexual harassment among college women has been reported to range from 33% to 97% (Klein, Apple, & Khan, 2011; Yoon, Funk, & Kropf, 2010) across the lifespan. In any one year of college, the prevalence of sexual harassment reported by women ranges from 33% to 57% (Crown & Roberts, 2007; Huerta, Cortina, Pang, Torges, & Magley, 2006). The severity and frequency of sexual harassment has been found to be related to reports of psychological distress (Nielsen & Einarsen, 2012), feelings of shame (Yoon et al., 2010), anxiety and depression symptoms (Murdoch, Pryor, Polusny, & Gackstetter, 2007), and social isolation (Pershing, 2003). These consequences of sexual harassment are concerning given the association between depression, isolation, and suicidality (Boardman, Grimbaldeston, Handley, Jones, & Willmott, 1999; DeWall, Gilman, Sharif, Carboni, & Rice, 2012). While there are numerous studies documenting the negative consequences experienced by women who are sexually harassed, little is known about the relationship of sexual harassment to the more severe negative outcomes of suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors and what variables might facilitate this hypothesized relationship. Thus, the purpose of this study is to explore whether the experience of sexual harassment is related to increased suicidality and if this hypothesized relationship is mediated or moderated by other factors such as an individual’s response style and/or degree of connection to or isolation from others.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Karver, Marc
Commitee: Bosson, Jennifer, Thompson, Kevin
School: University of South Florida
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, Womens studies, Higher education
Keywords: Non-suicidal self-harm, Sexual harassment, Suicide
Publication Number: 1604796
ISBN: 978-1-339-28836-9
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