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Exploring the associations between sexual violence history and reasons for seeking care at college health centers

Schmulevich, Alexandra (2018) Exploring the associations between sexual violence history and reasons for seeking care at college health centers. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Approximately 20-25% of females and 5-7% of males report experiencing sexual contact involving force or incapacitation on college campuses. While this is a major public health concern that impacts a student’s mental, physical, and behavioral health, most unwanted sexual experiences go unreported. With 43-48% of students utilizing college health centers, campus health providers have the opportunity to intersect with victims of sexual violence (SV) and help to connect them to appropriate resources. The purpose of the current study was to (1) describe the reasons for care-seeking among students at college health or counseling centers (CHCCs) and (2) examine associations between reasons for care-seeking at CHCCs and SV status. Data used in this study comes from the College Health Study, which used a 2-arm cluster randomized controlled trial design with a sample of 2292 students from 28 colleges across Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This study found that a large proportion of care-seeking students (55.7%) have experienced sexual violence. Results show that students with a history of sexual violence victimization are more likely to visit college health centers for counseling and reproductive and sexual health care than non-victim students. Therefore, providers need to be prepared to recognize signs and respond to disclosure and colleges need to work toward a standard of policy and practice on SV knowledge and skills for anyone that comes in contact with college students.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schmulevich, Alexandraals415@pitt.eduals415
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorTrauth,
Committee MemberMiller,
Committee MemberHawk,
Date: 20 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 17 July 2018
Approval Date: 20 September 2018
Submission Date: 24 July 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 40
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual violence
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 20:10
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 20:10


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