This research was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant R01 #13445 to Sarah E. Ullman. We acknowledge Henrietta Filipas, Stephanie Townsend, Laura Starzynski, and Kelly Kinnison for assistance with data collection.
The effects of revictimization on coping and depression in female sexual assault victims†
Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 218–221, April 2011
How to Cite
Najdowski, C. J. and Ullman, S. E. (2011), The effects of revictimization on coping and depression in female sexual assault victims. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 218–221. doi: 10.1002/jts.20610
- Issue online: 8 APR 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2011
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant Number: R01 #13445
To examine the effects of being revictimized, 555 women completed 2 mail surveys 1 year apart, reporting their experiences of sexual assault, the strategies they used to cope with those experiences, and feelings of depression. Path analyses, controlling for baseline coping and depression, revealed that those who were revictimized during the study reported using more maladaptive and adaptive coping strategies than did those who were not revictimized (β = .11 and β = .16, respectively). Further, women who were revictimized reported more depression than others (β = .15). This effect was explained in part by revictimized women's increased maladaptive coping. Results are consistent with other research showing that all of women's traumatic experiences must be taken into consideration to understand fully how sexual assault influences women's coping and recovery.