Risk factors for physical assault and rape among six native American tribes

Nicole P. Yuan, Mary P. Koss, Mona Polacca, David Goldman

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Abstract

Prevalence and correlates of adult physical assault and rape in six Native American tribes are presented (N = 1,368). Among women, 45% reported being physically assaulted and 14% were raped since age 18 years. For men, figures were 36% and 2%, respectively. Demographic characteristics, adverse childhood experiences, adulthood alcohol dependence, and cultural and regional variables were assessed. Using logistic regression, predictors of physical assault among women were marital status, an alcoholic parent, childhood maltreatment, and lifetime alcohol dependence. Predictors of sexual assault among women were marital status, childhood maltreatment, and lifetime alcohol dependence. Among men, only childhood maltreatment and lifetime alcohol dependence predicted being physically assaulted. Tribal differences existed in rates of physical assault (both sexes) and rape (women only). The results underscore the problem of violence victimization among Native Americans and point to certain environmental features that increase risk of adulthood physical and sexual assault. Implications for tribe-specific interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1566-1590
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Volume21
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • American Indians
  • Native Americans
  • Physical assault
  • Rape
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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