This work was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH57231). The author thanks Henrietta Filipas for research assistance on this project and Donald Hedeker and three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on an earlier version of this article. An earlier version of this article was presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Washington, DC.
PSYCHOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SOCIAL REACTIONS QUESTIONNAIRE
A Measure of Reactions to Sexual Assault Victims
Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 257–271, September 2000
How to Cite
Ullman, S. E. (2000), PSYCHOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SOCIAL REACTIONS QUESTIONNAIRE. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24: 257–271. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2000.tb00208.x
- Issue online: 28 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2006
- Initial submission: July 7, 1999 Initial acceptance: September 14, 1999 Final acceptance: February 1, 2000
Negative social reactions are common responses to disclosures of sexual assault. A study was undertaken to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of a new measure of social reactions to sexual assault victims, the Social Reactions Questionnaire (SRQ). Good reliability and validity were demonstrated for the measure in three samples of sexual assault victims: community volunteers, college students, and victims contacting mental health agencies. The SRQ provides a much needed measure of both the positive forms of social support and several negative social reactions received by sexual assault victims disclosing their assaults to a range of informal social network members and formal support providers.