Examining cultural, social and self-related aspects of stigma in relation to sexual assault and trauma symptoms

Author(s) Deitz, Mandi, F., Stacey L. Williams, Sean C. Rife and Peggy Cantrell 
Title Examining cultural, social and self-related aspects of stigma in relation to sexual assault and trauma symptoms
Source Violence Against Women, published online before print March 2015, pp. 1-18
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Summary The study aims to contribute to the research into understanding the various trauma symptoms and responses in relation to women's sexual assault-related experiences. The study focuses on how cultural, social and self-related aspects of stigma associated with this specific assault can explain trauma symptom severity. The participants of the study were undergraduate female students and data was collected via an online anonymous survey. The study found a positive correlation between self-stigma and increased trauma symptom severity resulting in the finding that it is important to examine women's post-assault self-beliefs as well as their psychological state as addressing the self-stigma present in sexual assault survivors may lead to reducing the risk of trauma-related symptoms.
Keywords Sexual assault, stigma, trauma; symptom severity
Topic Sexual Assault