Differing effects of partner and nonpartner sexual assault on women's mental health

Jeffrey Temple, Rebecca Weston, Benjamin F. Rodriguez, Linda L. Marshall

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Abstract

This study contrasted the effects of intimate partner and nonpartner sexual assault on women's mental health among a sample (N = 835) of low-income, ethnically diverse community women. Compared to sexual assault by a previous partner or by a non-intimate partner, sexual assault by a current partner was the strongest predictor of PTSD, stress, and dissociation. Non-intimate partner sexual assault was only a significant predictor of PTSD and only for African American women. These findings suggest that the victim-offender relationship is important when considering the impact of sexual assault. Specifically, sexual assault perpetrated by an intimate partner may be especially traumatic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-297
Number of pages13
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Marital rape
  • Mental health
  • Sexual assault

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  • Gender Studies

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Differing effects of partner and nonpartner sexual assault on women's mental health. / Temple, Jeffrey; Weston, Rebecca; Rodriguez, Benjamin F.; Marshall, Linda L.

In: Violence Against Women, Vol. 13, No. 3, 03.2007, p. 285-297.

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Temple, Jeffrey ; Weston, Rebecca ; Rodriguez, Benjamin F. ; Marshall, Linda L. / Differing effects of partner and nonpartner sexual assault on women's mental health. In: Violence Against Women. 2007 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 285-297.
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