The relationship between sexual assault and assumptive worlds
Harris, Holly N.
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The present study has examined some of the outcomes of sexual assault. A cross-sectional approach was used to examine the relationships between sexual trauma, PTSD, interpersonal functioning and assumptive worlds. Female undergraduates (n = 361) served as participants in the present study. Comparisons of the three assault groups (i.e., Neither, Attempted, and Completed) revealed significant differences on assault characteristics, PTSD Symptomology, interpersonal functioning and Assumptive World variables. In addition, the mediational role of Assumptive Worlds in the relationships between the characteristics of traumatic events and interpersonal functioning was examined. Assumptive Worlds variables accounted for a unique portion of the variance on several indices of interpersonal functioning, even when the role of depression was accounted for.