Self-blame following a recent sexual assault
Van Wynsberghe, Amy Marie
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Subsequent to experiencing sexual victimization, many survivors report self-blame for the incident. Two subtypes of self-blame, characterological and behavioral, have been examined. Undergraduate college women with a history of sexual victimization and experienced recent unwanted sexual contact reported their levels of self-blame, details of the assault, and psychological functioning (prior to the assault). Situational and psychological predictors for characterological and behavioral self-blame were examined Results suggest that prior psychological functioning is a stronger predictor of self-blame than situational factors. Implications for psychological treatment and risk-reduction programs are discussed.