Examines the relationship between appraisals of blame, coping strategies and symptomatology in nonstranger sexual assault. Impact of coping and attributions on a general measure of the victim's functioning; Role of coping strategies in mediating psychological effects of the assault; Engagement of symptomatic victims in characterological and behavioral self-blame
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Violence Against Women
In this study, 813 female undergraduate psychology students filled out questionnaires regarding past coercive sexual experiences in order to assess the relationship between appraisals, coping, and adjustment of nonstranger sexual assault. Symptomatic victims of sexual assault were compared to asymptomatic victims. Participants who were currently symptomatic were more likely to engage in characterological self-blame and were more likely to use coping strategies such as emotional expressiveness/social support seeking and coping activity/cognitive restructuring. Victims of rape are more likely to use characterological self-blame than are victims of other forms of sexual assault. Overall, the study showed an impact of coping and attribution on a general measure of functioning.
College, Effects, Survivors