Campus sexual violence resources and emotional health of college women who have experienced sexual assault

Marla E. Eisenberg, Katherine A. Lust, Peter J. Hannan, Carolyn Porta

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Abstract

Institutional characteristics may help mitigate trauma associated with sexual assault. This study examines associations between resources on college campuses for sexual violence prevention and the emotional well-being of female students who have experienced sexual assault. There were 495 female college students who have experienced sexual assault who provided survey data in 2010-2011. Sexual violence resource data from 28 college campuses were combined with student survey data in multilevel analysis. Dependent variables include diagnosis with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and PTSD, and models adjust for covariates and clustering of students within colleges. Participants attending colleges with more sexual violence resources had lower rates of mental health conditions than those attending colleges with fewer resources. Colleges are encouraged to expand their array of sexual violence resources to create a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault and to connect affected students with appropriate services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • College health
  • Epidemiology
  • Mental health
  • Sexual assault

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