College Students' Perspectives on Campus Health Centers as a Sexual Assault Resource: A Qualitative Analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Students' perspectives of student health centers as a resource for sexual violence were examined. A qualitative, descriptive research design was used. Data were collected from 37 female undergraduate students in March 2016. Four focus groups were conducted and analyzed using thematic analysis techniques. Three themes emerged: (a) supports and barriers 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. Participants provided several recommendations to assist student health centers with addressing sexual violence. To maximize utility as an on-campus sexual violence resource, student health centers should foster a climate that is supportive of students' use of the facility and tailor their efforts to address students' needs. Student health center recommendations and suggestions for future research are provided.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Halstead, V; Williams, JR; Gonzalez-Guarda, R

Published Date

  • February 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 125

PubMed ID

  • 29195514

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-6708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1891/0886-6708.vv-d-16-00162


  • eng