Differences in Mental Health and Sexual Outcomes Based on Type of Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration

Hanna T. Pinsky, Molly E. Shepard, Elizabeth R. Bird, Amanda K. Gilmore, Jeanette Norris, Kelly Davis, William H. George

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Abstract

Little is known based on the stratification and localization of penetration type of rape: oral, vaginal, and/or anal. The current study examined associations between type of rape and mental and sexual health symptoms in 865 community women. All penetration types were positively associated with negative mental and sexual health symptoms. Oral and/or anal rape accounted for additional variance in anxiety, depression, some trauma-related symptoms, and dysfunctional sexual behavior than the association with vaginal rape alone. Findings suggest that penetration type can be an important facet of a rape experience and may be useful to assess in research and clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1054
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • mental health
  • rape
  • sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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Pinsky, H. T., Shepard, M. E., Bird, E. R., Gilmore, A. K., Norris, J., Davis, K., & George, W. H. (2017). Differences in Mental Health and Sexual Outcomes Based on Type of Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration. Violence Against Women, 23(9), 1039-1054. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801216655624