Factors that impact disclosure and PTSD severity following military sexual trauma

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kiana Monique Pérez-Jiménez (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
David Solomon

Abstract: The majority of the research on military sexual trauma, has been, was done with sample groupsof female veterans, hence there is a current gap in research about men who experience militarysexual trauma (O’Brien, Keith, & Shoemaker, 2015). The study analyzed PTSD symptomseverity among men and women who experience military sexual trauma (MST). Additionally,PTSD symptom severity was compared between military and civilian populations, alongsidewith the likelihood of reporting sexual assault in both military and civilian populations.Disclosure of sexual assault was dependent on the belief of rape myth, levels of shame, andwhether the individual was civilian or had prior service in the military or was currently serving in the military. Furthermore, gender and military status were also a predictors of PTSD symptomseverity. Results in indicated that shame was a contributing factor to increased levels of PTSDsymptom severity. There was also a significant difference between military and civilianpopulations for rape myth acceptances toward men and women, and shame. More research iswarranted in the areas of rape myth acceptance, disclosure, and shame in civilian and militarypopulations.

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Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2020
Keywords
disclosure, military sexual trauma, PTSD, sexual trauma, shame

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