This research was supported by NIAAA grant #AA13455 to Sarah Ullman. We thank Henrietta Filipas, Stephanie Townsend, and Kelly Kinnison for assistance with data collection.
Social support and risk of sexual assault revictimization†
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
© 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 58–72, January 2009
How to Cite
Mason, G. E., Ullman, S., Long, S. E., Long, L. and Starzynski, L. (2009), Social support and risk of sexual assault revictimization. J. Community Psychol., 37: 58–72. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20270
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
Limited research on revictimization has examined the role of social support, which is known to affect sexual assault survivors' psychological recovery. Measuring social support also provides a more ecological approach to understanding revictimization, as it assesses the possible role of those in the survivors' environment. The current study examined how social support and disclosure experiences of 625 community-based survivors related to their revictimization status over a 12-month period. Results showed differences between revictimized and nonrevictimized survivors in terms of who they disclosed to about their assault. In addition, revictimized survivors received less informational and emotional support and more blaming reactions. Implications for future research regarding using an ecological approach to better understand revictimization risk are discussed. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.