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Journal of American College Health

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DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1821693


Objective: This study examined whether the use of party-safety strategies weakens the association between frequency of party attendance and sexual victimization among first-year female college students.

Participants: First-year female college students (n = 450) from three universities in the United States participated in this study.

Methods: Participants completed questionnaires on frequency of party attendance, use of party-safety strategies, and sexual victimization.

Results: Frequency of party attendance was positively associated with sexual victimization. This association was moderated by use of party-safety strategies: frequency of party attendance was unrelated to sexual victimization when students reported greater use of party-safety strategies. However, frequency of party attendance was positively related to sexual victimization when students reported lower use of party-safety strategies.

Conclusions: Teaching and reinforcing party-safety strategies may be helpful additions to efforts to prevent sexual victimization on college campuses.


Accepted version. Journal of American College Health, Vol. 70, No. 6 (2022): 1788-1793. DOI. © Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Used with permission.

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