Factors associated with college students' responses to rape-disclosure scenarios: influence of gender, rape characteristics, and opinions about health professionals
Bonner, Heidi S.
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Suzuki, Yumi; Bonner, Heidi S. 2017. Factors associated with college students' responses to rape-disclosure scenarios: influence of gender, rape characteristics, and opinions about health professionals. Journal of School Violence, vol. 16:no. 2:pp 160-172
Few studies examine the role of friends in victims' decisions to seek help from health professionals. This study used a sample of college students (N = 637) to examine the factors that may influence whether students would advise a friend to seek help from health professionals. After providing an open-ended response to a vignette, students answered a series of questions about formal support providers, attitudes toward women and rape victims, and their background. Findings suggest a gender divide on the advice given, and more students who responded to an acquaintance-rape scenario recommended that a victim contact health professionals in comparison to those whose scenario depicted an intimate partner rape. Implications are discussed, focusing on the role of friends and campus policy in minimizing the impacts of victimization.
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