LINDA K. GEORGE is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Sociology at Duke University, and also Associate Director for Social and Behavioral Programs at the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She has written six books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her major research interests include the epidemiology of and social risk factors for psychiatric disorders, determinants of help seeking for physical and mental health problems, the impact of chronic diseases on individuals and families, and adjustment to major transitions of the adult life cycle.
Sociocultural Factors in Sexual Assault: Comparison of Two Representative Samples of Women
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1992 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 48, Issue 1, pages 105–125, Spring 1992
How to Cite
George, L. K., Winfield, I. and Blazer, D. G. (1992), Sociocultural Factors in Sexual Assault: Comparison of Two Representative Samples of Women. Journal of Social Issues, 48: 105–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1992.tb01160.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
In previous research, the lifetime prevalence of sexual assault among U.S. women ranges from less than 15% to more than 50%. Much of this variability is due to methodological differences across studies, but some of the inconsistency may be substantively meaningful, reflecting the effects of social context on the risk of sexual assault. This paper provides a profile of sexual assault victims from a representative sample of urban and rural southern women. The profile includes information about the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault, demographic correlates, self-reported effects of sexual assault, and sources of help seeking. This profile is compared with results from a representative, urban, and ethnically diverse sample of sexual assault victims in Los Angeles. Differences across and within the samples highlight the effects of social context on the risk, correlates, and consequences of sexual assault.