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THE IMPACT OF RELIGIOSITY ON SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION EXPERIENCES AND REPORTING BEHAVIORS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS

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2008
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This study investigated the relationship between religiosity of female college students and sexual victimization experiences. These experiences include the reporting behaviors that take place subsequent to an act of sexual victimization. The study utilized secondary data gathered from the forth wave of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Justice between 1990 and 1995. The study used multidimensional levels of religiosity to analyze and to assess its impact on the sexual victimization experiences. Findings ascertained that certain behavioral measures of religiosity were consistently found to be a protective factor against sexual victimization. On the other hand, subjective measures of religiosity were not found to be a protective measure for victimization. Instead, this measure was statistically determined to be related to experiencing acts of sexual victimization. Recommendations were given for a greater focus on campus resources pertaining to student victimization and more in-depth research on the role churches have in dealing with this issue.
Title: THE IMPACT OF RELIGIOSITY ON SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION EXPERIENCES AND REPORTING BEHAVIORS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS.
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Name(s): Bauer, Nicole, Author
Jasinski, Jana, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study investigated the relationship between religiosity of female college students and sexual victimization experiences. These experiences include the reporting behaviors that take place subsequent to an act of sexual victimization. The study utilized secondary data gathered from the forth wave of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Justice between 1990 and 1995. The study used multidimensional levels of religiosity to analyze and to assess its impact on the sexual victimization experiences. Findings ascertained that certain behavioral measures of religiosity were consistently found to be a protective factor against sexual victimization. On the other hand, subjective measures of religiosity were not found to be a protective measure for victimization. Instead, this measure was statistically determined to be related to experiencing acts of sexual victimization. Recommendations were given for a greater focus on campus resources pertaining to student victimization and more in-depth research on the role churches have in dealing with this issue.
Identifier: CFE0002389 (IID), ucf:47759 (fedora)
Note(s): 2008-12-01
M.A.
Sciences, Department of Sociology
Masters
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Subject(s): religiosity
rape
sexual victimization
reporting behaviors
victimization
religion
spirituality
sexual experience
female college students
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0002389
Restrictions on Access: campus 2013-11-01
Host Institution: UCF

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