AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: INCIDENCE, HEALTH RISKS, AND HELP SEEKING

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211541
Type:
Research Study
Title:
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: INCIDENCE, HEALTH RISKS, AND HELP SEEKING
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this literature synthesis is to describe the incidence of sexual assault in African American women, their post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms associated with sexual assault, and their help seeking behaviors after sexual assault. Background:  Sexual assault affects between 6% and 78% of women in their lifetimes (Basile et al, 2007, Temple, et al, 2007).  Sexual assault has significant effects on health. Evidence has shown an increased incidence of sexual assault against African American women (Temple et al, 2007). A synthesis of literature of African American women’s sexual assault will inform both clinical practice and inspire further research to improve the health of African American women after sexual assault. Method: The author conducted a search in CINAHL, PsychInfo, PubMed, and Cochrane for research findings published between 2001 and 2011. The search terms utilized were: Black women, African American women, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape.  Research studies were included in this synthesis if they were (1) primary research, (2) targeting African American women age 14 years and older, (3)  conducted in  North America,  and (4) focusing on adult sexual assault issues. A total of thirty articles were included in this synthesis. Results:  Between 2.3%  and 67.2% African American women report sexual assaulted in their lifetimes (Ackard, et al, 2002, Temple, et al, 2007) Between 25% to 28.2% of African American women experiencing sexual assault have reported PTSD symptoms (Yoshihama, et al, 2005, Seng et al, 2005). African American women are much less likely than white women to demonstrate health seeking behavior after sexual assault (Neville, et al, 2004,Alvidrez, et al, 2001). 
Keywords:
African American women; sexual assault; help seeking behaviors
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5411
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleAFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: INCIDENCE, HEALTH RISKS, AND HELP SEEKINGen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211541-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this literature synthesis is to describe the incidence of sexual assault in African American women, their post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms associated with sexual assault, and their help seeking behaviors after sexual assault. Background:  Sexual assault affects between 6% and 78% of women in their lifetimes (Basile et al, 2007, Temple, et al, 2007).  Sexual assault has significant effects on health. Evidence has shown an increased incidence of sexual assault against African American women (Temple et al, 2007). A synthesis of literature of African American women’s sexual assault will inform both clinical practice and inspire further research to improve the health of African American women after sexual assault. Method: The author conducted a search in CINAHL, PsychInfo, PubMed, and Cochrane for research findings published between 2001 and 2011. The search terms utilized were: Black women, African American women, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape.  Research studies were included in this synthesis if they were (1) primary research, (2) targeting African American women age 14 years and older, (3)  conducted in  North America,  and (4) focusing on adult sexual assault issues. A total of thirty articles were included in this synthesis. Results:  Between 2.3%  and 67.2% African American women report sexual assaulted in their lifetimes (Ackard, et al, 2002, Temple, et al, 2007) Between 25% to 28.2% of African American women experiencing sexual assault have reported PTSD symptoms (Yoshihama, et al, 2005, Seng et al, 2005). African American women are much less likely than white women to demonstrate health seeking behavior after sexual assault (Neville, et al, 2004,Alvidrez, et al, 2001). en_GB
dc.subjectAfrican American womenen_GB
dc.subjectsexual assaulten_GB
dc.subjecthelp seeking behaviorsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T12:01:12Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T12:01:12Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T12:01:12Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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