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February, 2016

prevalence of eating disorders in adolescence

prevalence of eating disorders in adolescence It is extremely diffi cult to estimate prevalence of eating disorders due to the large numbers of suff erers who never seek help. Studies suggest that 1–2% of women meet criteria for AN, 3% meet DSM-IV criteria for BN (Mintz & Betz, 1988), and 2–5% meet DSM-IV criteria for […]

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eating disorders facts and myths

eating disorders facts and myths Eating disorders are defi ned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition (DSM-IV), as “severe disturbances in eating behaviors” (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, p. 539). Anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) (still a proposed new diagnostic category) are the major disorders. A residual category […]

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counseling offenders handouts

counseling offenders handouts In a national survey, college men acknowledged carrying out forced intercourse at a rate of 5–15% and sexual aggression at a rate of 15–25%; 84% of those whose behavior met the legal defi nition of rape did not consider their actions to be illegal (Koss et al., 1987). Most perpetrators can be […]

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) victims confront the same issues as all other victims of sexual violence. However, their experiences are compounded by the oppression and hostility encountered by sexual minorities. Th ey frequently report being afraid to reveal their sexual orientation or their relationship with the perpetrator […]

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Sexual Victimization of Men

Sexual Victimization of Men Less than 5% of reported sexual assault victims are male (Abbey, 2002). However, these cases are underreported by victims because of the social stigma, fear of not being believed, and lack of knowledge about where to report or get help. Using a broad defi nition of sexual victimization, Struckman- Johnson and […]

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different types of intimate partner violence

different types of intimate partner violence Intimate partner violence (IPV), also known as domestic or relationship violence, refers to hurtful or unwanted physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse infl icted by one partner or the other in a dating, partnered, or married relationship. Women experience IPV at a rate three to six times that of males […]

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stalking behaviors and mental illness

stalking behaviors and mental illness Stalking is a crime involving pursuing an individual in a threatening and potentially dangerous way; state laws vary on legal defi nitions (Meloy, 1998). More broadly defi ned, college students experience stalking as unwanted, repeated attention or harassment that creates fear in a reasonable person. Fisher et al. (2000) found […]

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sexual harassment facts and information

sexual harassment facts and information Sexual harassment (SH) is a form of gender-based abuse and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and of Title IX of the Education Amendment. Th e legal defi nition of SH refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct […]

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Child Sexual Abuse and Repeated Victimizations

Child Sexual Abuse and Repeated Victimizations Child sexual abuse typically involves a child victim and a perpetrator known to the victim, usually a family member, caretaker, or neighbor. Th e impact of the abuse depends on the age of the victim and the perpetrator, behavior, type of contact, and perception of the abuse. Like other […]

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Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape and Sexual Assault Sexual assault, sometimes referred to as rape or sexual battery, can be considered an extreme form of sexual harassment. When defi ning sexual assault, state laws now typically include forced oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by the penis or digital or manual penetration. Most state laws consider same-gender assault and marital […]

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