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ERIC Number: EJ968201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
The Social Ecological Challenges of Rural Victim Advocacy: An Exploratory Study
McGrath, Shelly A.; Johnson, Melencia; Miller, Michelle Hughes
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n5 p588-606 Jul 2012
This article re-centers an ecological model traditionally used to understand the experiences of interpersonal violence victims around the perceptions and experiences of victim advocates. We suggest that the development of such a model might shed light on rural-urban differences in the accessibility and availability of support services in rural domains. To develop this model, we used results from a sample of rural advocates located within the Mississippi Delta Region. The study indicates that rural victim advocates recognize the presence of significant macrosystem and exosystem factors in their communities and experience them as creating greater challenges to their work. In particular, factors affiliated with economic disadvantage and cultural ideologies of individualism and victim blaming negatively affected the experiences of the respondents. In terms of the ecological model, results also indicate correlations across levels of analysis, implying a rural macrosystem milieu that may predict or affect the presence of exosystem support networks. (Contains 5 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi; United States