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Doane, Lisa

Subject Headings

Rape -- Prevention, Self-defense for women, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Sexual Assault Self-Defense Self-Defense Training, Self-Efficacy Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Coping Unwanted Sexual Contact


Women attend self-defense courses for a variety of different reasons. These courses have many benefits for women, specifically survivors of sexual assault. Regardless of when the course is taken, pre- or post-assault, female sexual assault survivors experience increases in self-efficacy and decreases in posttraumatic stress symptoms. The current study evaluated the difference in self-efficacy, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and coping responses in women who attend self-defense courses. While no significant difference existed between survivors of sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact and women without sexual victimization history in self-efficacy and PTSD, a few significant differences emerged in coping responses. Results suggest that female survivors of sexual assault and of unwanted sexual contact cope differently than women without a history of sexual assault or unwanted contact who seek out self-defense classes

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