College women

Peer influences within the Campus Environment on Help Seeking Related to Violence

While partner violence and sexual assault are public health concerns affecting college women, most young women do not seek help after the experience. Limited research explores the interpersonal context of help seeking related to violence in young women. The overall purpose of this research was to understand peer factors within a campus culture associated with seeking help in response to violence within a campus environment. Eight focus groups were held with 64 participants representing a broad spectrum of diversity in race and ethnicity.

Dating Violence: Comparing Victims Who Are Also Perpetrators With Victims Who Are Not

Dating violence is accepted as bi-directional with both genders as victims and perpetrators. While researchers have studied perpetration and victimization, limited research has explored differences in young women who are victims and perpetrators with those who are victims only. This study compares injury and mental health symptoms of victims who reported perpetrating violence with victims who did not.

Behaviors That College Women Label as Stalking or Harassment

Stalking is a significant public health and criminal justice issue. Lack of clarity exists about which behaviors constitute stalking or harassment. This study sought to understand behaviors that college women identify as stalking. Using a cor-relational design, 841 college women responded to stalking items from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Although 32% (n = 259) self-identified the experience as stalking, when a legal definition was applied, the rate of stalking identification dropped to 26% (n = 117).

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