Correlates of risk recognition and response: Mindfulness, experiential avoidance, sexual assertiveness, and victimization history

Shanna C Ferrell (
Psychology, Eastern Washington University
May, 2009


Sexual assault is highly prevalent in our culture, particularly among college women. One factor that has been found to be related to increased risk of sexual victimization in previous research is the ability of women to recognize factors which signal potential risk and to respond to them effectively. The current study proposed that higher mindfulness scores would be related to increased risk recognition and response, and thus will be associated with a decreased risk of (re)victimization. Predictions of the present study were partially supported. Mindfulness measures were related to experiential avoidance and sexual assertiveness measures, but were not associated with risk perception or response scores. Furthermore, risk perception and response was not significantly related to victimization history, although sexual assertiveness was.

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