Paper Title

Sexual Assault and Mental Illness in College Women: The Role of Family Chaos

Location

Room 223, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

March 2016

End Date

March 2016

Keywords

Sexual Assault, Mental Illness, Family Chaos

Abstract

Approximately one in six girls experience childhood sexual assault (Townsend & Rheingold, 2013); one in five young women experience sexual assault while in college (Krebs et al., 2009). Data on victims of both childhood and teen/adulthood sexual assault will be analyzed to see if re-victimization increases anxiety and depression symptoms. It is hypothesized that childhood and/or teen/adulthood sexual assault will positively correlate with anxiety and/or depression, and mental illness is hypothesized to be positively correlated with family chaos. In addition, we will test whether family chaos is a moderator of the relationship between sexual assault and mental illness. Data have been collected from college women (N= 206) and the survey included Retrospective Family Unpredictability Scale (Ross & McDuff, XXXX), The Child Sexual Abuse Questionnaire (Smolak et al., 1990), Sexual Experiences Survey (Koss & Oros, 1982), The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) (Radloff, 1977), and Trait Anxiety Scale items (Spielberger et al., 1983). We will analyze the data and present findings pertaining to our hypotheses. Results will be discussed in regards to awareness and treatment of women who have been sexually victimized. Finally, we will highlight implications for empowering women to decrease possible mental health effects of victimization.

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Sexual Assault and Mental Illness in College Women: The Role of Family Chaos

Room 223, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Approximately one in six girls experience childhood sexual assault (Townsend & Rheingold, 2013); one in five young women experience sexual assault while in college (Krebs et al., 2009). Data on victims of both childhood and teen/adulthood sexual assault will be analyzed to see if re-victimization increases anxiety and depression symptoms. It is hypothesized that childhood and/or teen/adulthood sexual assault will positively correlate with anxiety and/or depression, and mental illness is hypothesized to be positively correlated with family chaos. In addition, we will test whether family chaos is a moderator of the relationship between sexual assault and mental illness. Data have been collected from college women (N= 206) and the survey included Retrospective Family Unpredictability Scale (Ross & McDuff, XXXX), The Child Sexual Abuse Questionnaire (Smolak et al., 1990), Sexual Experiences Survey (Koss & Oros, 1982), The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) (Radloff, 1977), and Trait Anxiety Scale items (Spielberger et al., 1983). We will analyze the data and present findings pertaining to our hypotheses. Results will be discussed in regards to awareness and treatment of women who have been sexually victimized. Finally, we will highlight implications for empowering women to decrease possible mental health effects of victimization.