College students' perspectives on campus health centers as a sexual assault resource: A qualitative analysis

Valerie Halstead, Jessica Williams, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda

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Abstract

Students' perspectives of student health centers as a resource for sexual violence wereexamined. A qualitative, descriptive research design was used. Data were collected from37 female undergraduate students in March 2016. Four focus groups were conducted andanalyzed using thematic analysis techniques. Three themes emerged: (a) supports andbarriers to using student health centers for sexual violence; (b) student health centers'responsibility to educate students about sexual violence; and (c) student health centers'responsibility to use campus-wide, comprehensive sexual violence efforts. Participantsprovided several recommendations to assist student health centers with addressing sexualviolence. To maximize utility as an on-campus sexual violence resource, student healthcenters should foster a climate that is supportive of students' use of the facility and tailortheir efforts to address students' needs. Student health center recommendations and suggestionsfor future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-125
Number of pages17
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual violence
  • Student services
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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