Abstract

College-aged students have the highest sexual assault and intimate partner violence victimization rates. Previous studies have linked victimization with poor mental health scores, especially in the LGBTQ+ college population. They also showed a higher rate of victimization for LGBTQ+ students. The goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between victimization and mental health in the LGBTQ+ college population. To conduct this study, I used data from the Spring 2021 and 2022, American College Health Association (ACHA) - National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The results of the study established statistical significance in the rates of sexual violence in LGBTQ+ and cisgender heteronormative students. There was also statistical significance in mental health scores between the two groups. Recognizing how the rates of victimization and mental health scores differ between LGBTQ+ and cisgender heteronormative students can help in understanding and assisting these minority groups.

Thesis Completion

2022

Semester

Summer

Thesis Chair

Backes, Bethany

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Community Innovation and Education

Department

Criminal Justice

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

8-15-2022

Restricted to the UCF community until 8-15-2022; it will then be open access.

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