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ERIC Number: EJ872215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
College Women's Rape Awareness and Use of Commonly Advocated Risk Reduction Strategies
Hertzog, Jodie; Yeilding, Rosemary
College Student Journal, v43 n1 p59-73 Mar 2009
Despite national efforts to create awareness about acquaintance rape and substance- facilitated sexual assault on college campuses, little empirical research investigates whether college women are incorporating these messages into their social behavior. This exploratory study adds to the existing literature by investigating college women's awareness of rape drugs, incorporation of widely advocated risk reduction strategies, communication with same sex peers about risk and protective factors, and perceptions of vulnerability to sexual violence. One hundred thirty-four women at a metropolitan university in the Midwest completed the web based survey. Findings suggest alcohol use affects the incorporation of risk reduction strategies, while class standing, peer disclosure, sexual assault history and receiving sexual assault education affect perceptions of vulnerability. In addition, perceived vulnerability is positively correlated with same-sex peer communication. Implications for possible prevention initiatives and future research directions are noted. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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