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Forced sexual intercourse and associated health-risk behaviors among female college students in the United States


Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 67(2): 252-259
Forced sexual intercourse and associated health-risk behaviors among female college students in the United States
This study analyzed data from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) to assess the prevalence of lifetime rape among female college students and to examine the association between rape and health-risk behaviors. The NCHRBS used a mail questionnaire to assess health-risk behaviors among a nationally representative sample of undergraduate students. Twenty percent of female students reported ever having been forced to have sexual intercourse, most often during adolescence. When analyses controlled for demographic characteristics, female students who had ever been raped were significantly more likely than those who had not to report a wide range of health-risk behaviors. These results highlight a need to improve rape prevention and treatment programs for female adolescents.


Accession: 046113516

PMID: 10224736

DOI: 10.1037/0022-006x.67.2.252



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