Associations Between Sexual Assault Victimization and Risky Drinking Within College Women's Personal Networks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Within a sample of college women, this study assessed if an individual's (i.e., ego) history of sexual assault was related to her connecting with risky drinkers, and if her social contacts (i.e., alters) who had experienced sexual assault were also people who engaged in risky drinking. Results suggest ego's history of sexual assault was associated with her connecting to risky drinkers. Generally, egos reported alters who experienced sexual assault were more likely to drink in higher quantities, except when the ego and alter both had experienced sexual assault. Findings highlight the importance of social connections for survivors of sexual assault.

published proceedings

  • Violence Against Women

altmetric score

  • 7

author list (cited authors)

  • Patterson, M. S., Prochnow, T., Russell, A. M., Barry, A. E., & Fehr, S. K.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Patterson, Megan S||Prochnow, Tyler||Russell, Alex M||Barry, Adam E||Fehr, Sara K

publication date

  • September 2022