College Students’ Perceptions of Peers’ Disclosures of Histories of Child Sexual Abuse

College Students’ Perceptions of Peers’ Disclosures of Histories of Child Sexual Abuse We used an analogue experimental method to assess how undergraduate students from two universities in the southwestern United States (n = 241) would perceive same gender peers disclosing a history of sexual abuse in childhood (CSA), in comparison to those disclosing a death of their mother or of a pet. Consistent with hypotheses, males perceived a peer disclosing CSA less positively than peers disclosing the other two histories. Women’s perceptions were less globally negative, with anticipations that peers disclosing CSA would have poorer health and interpersonal adjustment, but strengths in coping and likeability. We also examined participants’ expectations of how a peer would evaluate their own self description, finding gender differences and differences based upon personal history of CSA. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

College Students’ Perceptions of Peers’ Disclosures of Histories of Child Sexual Abuse

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-008-9583-3
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Abstract

We used an analogue experimental method to assess how undergraduate students from two universities in the southwestern United States (n = 241) would perceive same gender peers disclosing a history of sexual abuse in childhood (CSA), in comparison to those disclosing a death of their mother or of a pet. Consistent with hypotheses, males perceived a peer disclosing CSA less positively than peers disclosing the other two histories. Women’s perceptions were less globally negative, with anticipations that peers disclosing CSA would have poorer health and interpersonal adjustment, but strengths in coping and likeability. We also examined participants’ expectations of how a peer would evaluate their own self description, finding gender differences and differences based upon personal history of CSA.

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Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 21, 2009

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