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Message ID: 8077
Date: 2009-03-04

Author:Ben Saunders

Subject:Re: screening questions for assessing sexual victimization

Actually, the screening questions we have used in the National Survey of Adolescents studies (1995, 2002, 2005-08) might be more applicable. They are very similar to the NWS questions. They were used in the follow-up study of the 1995 NSA sample, all of which fell into the desired age range. They are also being used in the follow-up waves of the 2005 sample, many of whom fall in this age range as well. Since these were nationally representative samples, they have the advantage of comparison, as does the instrument used by David Finkelhor. Happy to share these questions. Ben Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) wrote: Hi David, Just a couple of suggestions. Ben Saunders and colleagues had a set of questions used for the National Women’s Study (“Rape in America”). Phone survey. The good things about these questions is that they were behaviorally explicit in what they were asking about, and asked mostly about clear-cut sexual assault types of experiences (not so much the arbitrary age differences or “made you feel uncomfortable” sort of stuff). The upshot of this is that the data could be a bit more precise and comparisons across time might vary less depending on subjective interpretation. The definitions they used resulted in lower prevalence than some of the broader definitions out there, but still not too low, and the types of events they captured in reports had a strong association with mental health outcomes. David Finkelhor and colleagues have an instrument that they’ve used in large phone surveys, the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire. More designed for teenagers than young adults I think, and covers lots of criminal victimization areas. Mark Mark Chaffin, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center P.O. Box 26901; CSC 225 Oklahoma City, OK 73190 (405) 271-8858 Confidentiality Notice This email, including any attachments, contains information from [insert name of College/Department/Clinic], which may be confidential or privileged. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by a “reply to sender only” message and destroy all electronic and hard copies of the communication, including attachments. From: David DiLillo [mailto:ddilillo@unlserve.unl.edu] Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 9:25 PM Subject: screening questions for assessing sexual victimization Colleagues, I am looking for screening questions to assess sexual victimization occurring prior to age 18. These questions will be used in a telephone survey of women between the ages of 18 and 25. I am simply looking to assess the presence or absence of victimization with as few false negatives as possible. Can anyone direct me to a set of questions that has been used successfully for this purpose (e.g., in one of the large national surveys)? Much appreciation in advance for any assistance. David DiLillo, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training Department of Psychology 238 Burnett Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 68588-0308 Phone: (402) 472-3297 Fax: (402) 472-4637 Lab: http://www.unl.edu/psypage/fvi/ -- Benjamin E. Saunders, Ph.D. National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center Medical University of South Carolina 165 Cannon Street, MSC852 843-792-2945 Phone Charleston, SC 29425 www.musc.edu/ncvc Take our web-based course, TF-CBTWeb, at www.musc.edu/tfcbt

Actually, the screening questions we have used in the National Survey of Adolescents studies (1995, 2002, 2005-08) might be more applicable. They are very similar to the NWS questions. They were used in the follow-up study of the 1995 NSA sample, all of which fell into the desired age range. They are also being used in the follow-up waves of the 2005 sample, many of whom fall in this age range as well. Since these were nationally representative samples, they have the advantage of comparison, as does the instrument used by David Finkelhor. Happy to share these questions. Ben Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) wrote: Hi David, Just a couple of suggestions. Ben Saunders and colleagues had a set of questions used for the National Women’s Study (“Rape in America”). Phone survey. The good things about these questions is that they were behaviorally explicit in what they were asking about, and asked mostly about clear-cut sexual assault types of experiences (not so much the arbitrary age differences or “made you feel uncomfortable” sort of stuff). The upshot of this is that the data could be a bit more precise and comparisons across time might vary less depending on subjective interpretation. The definitions they used resulted in lower prevalence than some of the broader definitions out there, but still not too low, and the types of events they captured in reports had a strong association with mental health outcomes. David Finkelhor and colleagues have an instrument that they’ve used in large phone surveys, the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire. More designed for teenagers than young adults I think, and covers lots of criminal victimization areas. Mark Mark Chaffin, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center P.O. Box 26901; CSC 225 Oklahoma City, OK 73190 (405) 271-8858 Confidentiality Notice This email, including any attachments, contains information from [insert name of College/Department/Clinic], which may be confidential or privileged. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by a “reply to sender only” message and destroy all electronic and hard copies of the communication, including attachments. From: David DiLillo [mailto:ddilillounlserve.unl.edu] Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 9:25 PM Subject: screening questions for assessing sexual victimization Colleagues, I am looking for screening questions to assess sexual victimization occurring prior to age 18. These questions will be used in a telephone survey of women between the ages of 18 and 25. I am simply looking to assess the presence or absence of victimization with as few false negatives as possible. Can anyone direct me to a set of questions that has been used successfully for this purpose (e.g., in one of the large national surveys)? Much appreciation in advance for any assistance. David DiLillo, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training Department of Psychology 238 Burnett Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 68588-0308 Phone: (402) 472-3297 Fax: (402) 472-4637 Lab: http://www.unl.edu/psypage/fvi/ -- Benjamin E. Saunders, Ph.D. National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center Medical University of South Carolina 165 Cannon Street, MSC852 843-792-2945 Phone Charleston, SC 29425 www.musc.edu/ncvc Take our web-based course, TF-CBTWeb, at www.musc.edu/tfcbt