Young women are vulnerable to experiencing psychological, physical, and sexual violence and stalking through dating experiences. This study used a correlational design to report prevalence estimates of psychological, physical, and sexual violence and stalking that occur within the dating experiences of college women. This study also compared prevalence estimates of violence between African-American and White college women. A convenience sample of 863 (N = 863) women between 18 and 25 years of age from a private, historically African-American college in the south and a private, historically primarily White college in the mid-Atlantic completed the Abuse Assessment Screen, and a background data sheet. All participants had the option of completing a narrative note. Data analysis consisted of frequencies, and chi2. Almost half of the total sample 48% (n = 412) reported the experience of violence and of these, 39% (n = 160) reported more than one form of violence. Specific prevalence was as follows: psychological violence 22% (n = 190), stalking or harassment 31% (n = 266), physical violence 12% (n = 99), and all unwanted sexual activity 9% (n = 80). Prevalence estimates were consistent for African-American and White college students in all types of violence except in reporting threats of physical violence and threats plus actual physical violence. Study findings highlight the need for nurses to routinely screen and assess all young women for psychological, physical, and sexual violence and stalking Surveillance efforts will help identify victims and potential victims so that appropriate referrals for treatment and support can be made.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA|
|State||Published - Dec 2004|
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