ERIC Number: ED261005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Health Status and Leisure Behavior of Sexual Assault Victims: Educational Opportunities for Health and Leisure Professionals.
Sheffield, Emilyn A.; And Others
The health status and leisure behavior of victims of sexual assault were studied. Data concerning present illness symptoms, past illness symptoms, negative health behavior, family health history, and female reproductive physiology illness symptoms were obtained and analyzed. Sexual assault victims were similar to nonvictims demographically except that victims had more children and visited their doctors more frequently. Victims also suffered more illness symptoms, including asthma, severe colds, and stiff muscles and joints. Victims also had more negative health behaviors, such as lack of exercise, smoking, and alcohol excess, and more female reproductive illness symptoms, such as dysmenorrhea. No difference was found between victims and nonvictims regarding family health history and past illness symptoms. An association between leisure behavior and degree of reorganization or disorganization exhibited by the victim was discovered. Leisure behavior appears to play a part in successful reorganization of assault victims. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, January 31-February 2, 1985).