Understanding contributing factors to verbal coercion while studying abroad

Tiffany Marcantonio, David Angelone, Meredith Joppa

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Objective: Verbal coercion (VC) is a common sexual assault (SA) tactic whereby men and women can be victims or perpetrators. College study abroad students report engagement in casual sex, alcohol consumption, and immersion in a sexualized environment (eg, an environment that supports or encourages sexual activity); factors highly associated with SA in general. The purpose of this study was to examine casual sex, alcohol use, and sexualized environments with VC victimization (VCV) and perpetration (VCP) while abroad. Method: Study abroad students (N = 130) completed questionnaires on alcohol use, casual sex, immersion in a sexualized environment, and VC experiences. Results: Participants were more likely to report both VCV and VCP while abroad if they immersed themselves in a sexualized environment; identifying as male was associated with VCP. Conclusion: Results can inform intervention by providing directors with specific constructs to discuss in pre-departure meetings, such as the influence of the environment on VC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-444
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 18 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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