Defense Date

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology & Anthropology

First Advisor

Sarah Jane Brubaker

Abstract

Sexual assault of men is a serious social problem and has drawn well deserved attention from many different researchers as well as the general public. Even though there is much concern and interest in this troubling crime, limited research has been conducted on the long-term effects of sexual abuse on male survivors. Using data collected by the Virginia Department of Health, this study investigated the effects of sexual abuse of men. Specifically, this inquiry examined specific emotional and physical conditions as potential consequences of sexual victimization among men and the extent to which those conditions vary between male victims and male non-victims. Using Chi-Square tests of independence this study found that survivorship is related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidal tendencies. A statistically significant association was not found regarding alcohol and drug use, or self-rated health. Further research is recommended to investigate the health seeking behaviors among survivors and also how one’s adherence to masculine values influences their recovery from a sexual abuse.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

August 2008

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