Impact of a rape revictimization risk reduction program on women's drinking behavior
McCauley, Jenna L.
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The current study examined the longitudinal impact of sexual revictimization risk reduction intervention on women’s binge drinking behavior and prospectively examined mechanistic relationships between drinking behavior and alcohol-related rape experiences among a multi-site sample of college women (N=491). Hierarchical linear modeling results indicate that group participants did not significantly differ from controls on number of reported binge episodes across follow-ups, nor did they differ on their trajectory of change in frequency of binge drinking across time. Prospective analyses indicated that binge drinking increased risk for subsequent rape. Among weekly binge drinkers, this risk was specific to alcohol-involved rape. Only prior binge drinking, and not type of rape experience, predicted subsequent binge drinking. Findings have direct implications for targeted programming addressing combined risks for binge drinking and rape among college women.