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Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence.
Arch Sex Behav. 2020 04; 49(3):1067-1083.AS

Abstract

Lesbian and bisexual women have high rates of sexual violence compared to heterosexual women, yet prevalence rates vary widely across studies. The Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised (SES-SFV) is the most commonly used method of measuring sexual assault and rape prevalence, but it has not been validated in this high-risk population of lesbian and bisexual women. The current study assessed a modified form of the SES-SFV utilizing a five-step, mixed-methods approach. Women (N = 1382) who identified as lesbian (31%), bisexual (32%), and heterosexual (31%) completed an online survey disseminated through Qualtrics Online Survey Company to a national audience. All types of non-consensual behaviors (non-penetrative, oral, vaginal, and anal) and nearly all perpetration tactics in the original SES-SFV emerged inductively in our qualitative data. Using quantitative data, lesbian and bisexual victims endorsed each perpetration tactic in the SES-SFV at comparable rates to heterosexual victims. SES-SFV's false-positive categorization was minimal. However, the original SES-SFV did not capture some common experiences that participants described in their open-ended narratives. The SES-SFV satisfactorily assesses sexual assault and rape experiences in lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women. Possible additions and deletions to the SES-SFV are presented alongside discussion of managing comprehensiveness and participant fatigue.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Health and Physical Education Department, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ, 07764, USA. scanan@monmouth.edu.Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA.Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communications Disorders, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA.Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31549361

Citation

Canan, Sasha N., et al. "Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence." Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 49, no. 3, 2020, pp. 1067-1083.
Canan SN, Jozkowski KN, Wiersma-Mosley J, et al. Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence. Arch Sex Behav. 2020;49(3):1067-1083.
Canan, S. N., Jozkowski, K. N., Wiersma-Mosley, J., Blunt-Vinti, H., & Bradley, M. (2020). Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(3), 1067-1083. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-01543-7
Canan SN, et al. Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence. Arch Sex Behav. 2020;49(3):1067-1083. PubMed PMID: 31549361.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised Using Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women's Narratives of Sexual Violence. AU - Canan,Sasha N, AU - Jozkowski,Kristen N, AU - Wiersma-Mosley,Jacquelyn, AU - Blunt-Vinti,Heather, AU - Bradley,Mindy, Y1 - 2019/09/23/ PY - 2018/01/24/received PY - 2019/08/23/accepted PY - 2019/08/22/revised PY - 2019/9/25/pubmed PY - 2020/8/25/medline PY - 2019/9/25/entrez KW - Bisexual KW - Lesbian KW - Rape KW - Sexual assault KW - Sexual orientation KW - Sexual violence SP - 1067 EP - 1083 JF - Archives of sexual behavior JO - Arch Sex Behav VL - 49 IS - 3 N2 - Lesbian and bisexual women have high rates of sexual violence compared to heterosexual women, yet prevalence rates vary widely across studies. The Sexual Experience Survey-Short Form Revised (SES-SFV) is the most commonly used method of measuring sexual assault and rape prevalence, but it has not been validated in this high-risk population of lesbian and bisexual women. The current study assessed a modified form of the SES-SFV utilizing a five-step, mixed-methods approach. Women (N = 1382) who identified as lesbian (31%), bisexual (32%), and heterosexual (31%) completed an online survey disseminated through Qualtrics Online Survey Company to a national audience. All types of non-consensual behaviors (non-penetrative, oral, vaginal, and anal) and nearly all perpetration tactics in the original SES-SFV emerged inductively in our qualitative data. Using quantitative data, lesbian and bisexual victims endorsed each perpetration tactic in the SES-SFV at comparable rates to heterosexual victims. SES-SFV's false-positive categorization was minimal. However, the original SES-SFV did not capture some common experiences that participants described in their open-ended narratives. The SES-SFV satisfactorily assesses sexual assault and rape experiences in lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women. Possible additions and deletions to the SES-SFV are presented alongside discussion of managing comprehensiveness and participant fatigue. SN - 1573-2800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31549361/Validation_of_the_Sexual_Experience_Survey_Short_Form_Revised_Using_Lesbian_Bisexual_and_Heterosexual_Women's_Narratives_of_Sexual_Violence_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-01543-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -