Early trauma and later sexual victimization in college women: A multiple mediation examination of alexithymia, impulsivity, and alcohol use.

Natira Staats, Lindsey Hawkins, Antover Tuliao, Hailey Snyder, Derek Holyoak, Kimberly McGuire, Alicia Earl, Dennis McChargue

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Abstract

<i>Childhood abuse and sexual violence against women are prevalent in the United States. However, researchers have not fully explored the intersection among important predisposing factors that predict recent sexual violence experienced by women who are also survivors of childhood abuse. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among early childhood trauma, alexithymia, impulsivity, alcohol use severity, and sexual victimization in later life among female college students from the United States (n = 1,178). Participants were part of a larger cross-cultural study, conducted between 2012 to 2014, which examined sexual aggression and victimization in the context of alcohol use. The current study aimed to examine if: (a) early trauma, impulsivity, alexithymia, and alcohol use severity impact sexual victimization in later life, and (b) if impulsivity, alexithymia, and alcohol use severity mediate the relationship between early trauma and victimization in later life. It was
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP18194–NP18214
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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