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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Cumulative Effects Of Adverse Childhood Experiences And Adult Sexual Assault On Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptomology

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In recent years, there has been an increased public interest in the issue of sexual assault due to the growing number of women who are speaking out about the traumas that they have suffered (Zacharek, Dockterman, & Sweetland Edwards, 2018). The rise of this issue in the public domain has coincided with an increase in research conducted related to the negative outcomes associated with exposure to sexual assault, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can in some cases cause severe psychological impairment (Messman-Moore, Long, & Siegfried, 2000). Another line of research that is also related to similar negative psychological outcomes is the study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Felitti et al., 1998). The original ACEs study by Felitti et al. (1998), indicated that there is a connection between the experience of trauma during childhood and lasting negative physical and psychological health outcomes such as depressed mood, suicide attempts, an increase in drug in alcohol use, and a history of sexually transmitted diseases. As a result, individuals who have experienced both childhood trauma and adult sexual assault (ASA) may be at greater risk of experiencing negative health outcomes following an experience of ASA. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between ACEs, ASA, and the experience of PTSD symptoms. Data on these subjects will be collected by administering a general demographics form, the ACEs questionnaire, a modified version of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct questionnaire, and the PTSD Checklist- Civilian Version through an online survey platform to an adult population. The findings of this study may be used to strengthen the connection between the negative outcomes associated with the experience of ACEs and those associated with ASA such as PTSD.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Sherrill Center Concourse

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