Some of the data given in this paper were presented at a symposium titled, Interpersonal sequelae of sexual assault (J. M. Golding & M. L. Cooper, Co-Chairs), at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, 1998.
Sexual assault history and social support: Six general population studies†
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2002 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 187–197, June 2002
How to Cite
Golding, J. M., Wilsnack, S. C. and Cooper, M. L. (2002), Sexual assault history and social support: Six general population studies. J. Traum. Stress, 15: 187–197. doi: 10.1023/A:1015247110020
- Issue published online: 30 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
- sexual assault;
- social support;
We evaluated the association of sexual assault history with later social support, operationalized as network size, marital status, presence of a partner, frequency of network contacts, and emotional support from friends and family, from spouse, and from partner. Data came from six independent general population surveys (pooled N = 9,865) whose results were summarized using meta-analysis. People who had been sexually assaulted were less likely than others to he married (OR = 0.75. 95% CI = 0.65, 0.87) or to report at least weekly contact with friends and relatives (OR = 0.48,95% CI = 0.31, 0.75), and reported less emotional support from friends and family (OR = 0.72,95% CI = 0.58,0.89) and spouse (OR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.54, 0.82). Results were consistent across studies, genders, and ethnic groups. Circumstances of sexual assault were sometimes related to social support.