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Correlates of women's sexual assault disclosure to informal and formal support sources.
Violence Vict. 2005 Aug; 20(4):417-32.VV

Abstract

Deciding which people to tell about sexual assault is an important and potentially consequential decision for sexual assault survivors. Women typically receive many different positive and negative reactions when they disclose sexual assault to social support sources. A diverse sample of adult sexual assault survivors in the Chicago area was surveyed about sexual assault experiences, social reactions received when disclosing assault to others, attributions of blame, coping strategies, and PTSD. Analyses were run to identify demographic, assault, and postassault factors differentiating women disclosing to informal support sources only from those disclosing to both informal and formal support sources. Women disclosing to both formal and informal support sources experienced more stereotypical assaults, had more PTSD symptoms, engaged in less behavioral self-blame, and received more negative social reactions than those disclosing to informal support sources only. Implications for future research and intervention are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL 60607, USA. lstarz2@uic.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16250409

Citation

Starzynski, Laura L., et al. "Correlates of Women's Sexual Assault Disclosure to Informal and Formal Support Sources." Violence and Victims, vol. 20, no. 4, 2005, pp. 417-32.
Starzynski LL, Ullman SE, Filipas HH, et al. Correlates of women's sexual assault disclosure to informal and formal support sources. Violence Vict. 2005;20(4):417-32.
Starzynski, L. L., Ullman, S. E., Filipas, H. H., & Townsend, S. M. (2005). Correlates of women's sexual assault disclosure to informal and formal support sources. Violence and Victims, 20(4), 417-32.
Starzynski LL, et al. Correlates of Women's Sexual Assault Disclosure to Informal and Formal Support Sources. Violence Vict. 2005;20(4):417-32. PubMed PMID: 16250409.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Correlates of women's sexual assault disclosure to informal and formal support sources. AU - Starzynski,Laura L, AU - Ullman,Sarah E, AU - Filipas,Henrietta H, AU - Townsend,Stephanie M, PY - 2005/10/28/pubmed PY - 2006/1/28/medline PY - 2005/10/28/entrez SP - 417 EP - 32 JF - Violence and victims JO - Violence Vict VL - 20 IS - 4 N2 - Deciding which people to tell about sexual assault is an important and potentially consequential decision for sexual assault survivors. Women typically receive many different positive and negative reactions when they disclose sexual assault to social support sources. A diverse sample of adult sexual assault survivors in the Chicago area was surveyed about sexual assault experiences, social reactions received when disclosing assault to others, attributions of blame, coping strategies, and PTSD. Analyses were run to identify demographic, assault, and postassault factors differentiating women disclosing to informal support sources only from those disclosing to both informal and formal support sources. Women disclosing to both formal and informal support sources experienced more stereotypical assaults, had more PTSD symptoms, engaged in less behavioral self-blame, and received more negative social reactions than those disclosing to informal support sources only. Implications for future research and intervention are discussed. SN - 0886-6708 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16250409/Correlates_of_women's_sexual_assault_disclosure_to_informal_and_formal_support_sources_ L2 - https://www.ingentaconnect.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0886-6708&volume=20&issue=4&spage=417&aulast=Starzynski DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -