College students’ experiences of sexual violence and reasons for seeking care in campus health and counseling centers

Jocelyn C. Anderson, Michelle D.S. Boakye, Zoe Feinstein, Summer Miller-Walfish, Kelley A. Jones, Carla D. Chugani, Alexandra Schmulevich, Reesha Jackson, Elizabeth Miller

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Abstract

Objective: Examine associations between care seeking reasons in college health and counseling centers and sexual violence (SV). Participants: College students (n = 2,084 baseline, n = 1,170 one-year follow up) participating in a cluster randomized controlled trial of an SV reduction intervention on 28 campuses. Methods: Computer-based survey data gathered during students’ clinic visit and one-year follow up. Results: Despite high prevalence of SV, students almost never sought care specifically for SV (0.5% of reported visits). Gender differences emerged for reasons students sought care generally, but were not associated with differences in care seeking among those who experienced SV. At baseline and one-year, students who reported SV were more likely to state mental or sexual and reproductive health as their reason for care seeking. Conclusion: Many students seeking care have experienced SV yet present with other health needs. Providers need to recognize this and have a low threshold for providing SV resources routinely. Supplemental data for this article can be accessed online at https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2057189.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-760
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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