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Deconstructing Self-Blame Following Sexual Assault: The Critical Roles of Cognitive Content and Process

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 16 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2010 Pages: 1120-1137
Audrey K. Miller; Ian M. Handley; Keith D. Markman; Janel H. Miller
Date Published
October 2010
18 pages
This study examined the degree of importance that cognitive content and cognitive process had in predicting self-blame following an incidence of sexual assault.
As part of a larger study, predictors of self-blame were investigated in a sample of 149 undergraduate sexual assault survivors. Each participant completed questionnaires regarding their preassault, peritraumatic, and postassault experiences and participated in an individual interview. Results confirmed the central hypothesis that, although several established correlates independently relate to self-blame, only cognitive content and process variablesnegative self-cognitions and counterfactual-preventability cognitionsuniquely predict self-blame in a multivariate model. Table, figure, and references (Published Abstract)