Sexual and dating violence among adolescents and young adults in Chile: A review of findings from a survey of university students

Jocelyn A. Lehrer, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Mary P. Koss

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Abstract

This paper synthesises and discusses results from the 2005 Survey of Student Well-Being, a closed-ended questionnaire administered to students attending general education courses at a major public university in Santiago (n = 484 women, 466 men). The survey included questions on sexual violence (SV) and dating violence (DV), public health problems that have received little attention in Chile and other Latin-American countries. This paper highlights key findings from a series of papers based on these data, noting lessons learned in the Chilean context that may be useful for other Latin-American countries. Important gaps in the international literature on SV and DV are also discussed. A central finding is the high prevalence of SV and DV in this sample of university students, warranting further public health attention to these problems. Potentially, the findings will contribute to changes in awareness, policy and practice along similar lines to efforts that transformed the US landscape regarding SV and DV on college campuses in the 1980s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Chile
  • adolescents
  • dating violence
  • sexual violence
  • young people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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