Prevalence and sociodemographic factors associated with stalking victimization among college students

Lisa Fedina, Bethany L. Backes, Caitlin Sulley, Leila Wood, Noël Busch-Armendariz

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Abstract

Objective: This study’s purpose was to examine the prevalence and sociodemographic factors associated with stalking victimization among a diverse sample of college students. Participants: Data were collected through a cross-sectional survey administered in November 2015 to students 18 and older on 8 academic universities in a Southwestern university system (N = 26,417). Methods: Descriptive statistics were used to assess the prevalence of stalking experiences across student populations. Multivariate logistic regression was used to examine associations between sociodemographic factors and stalking victimization. Results: A total of 17.4% of students reported stalking victimization since entering college. Cisgender females, transgender/gender-nonconforming, and sexual minority students had higher odds of stalking victimization than their counterparts, whereas Latino/a students had lower odds of stalking victimization compared to White nonHispanic students. Conclusions: A notable proportion of college students have experienced stalking. Disparities found among student populations are concerning and warrant further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-630
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2020

Keywords

  • Administration
  • gender
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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