Experience of a Lifetime: Study Abroad, Trauma, and Institutional Betrayal

Naomi M. Wright, Carly Smith, Jennifer J. Freyd

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Abstract

This study is the first to expand the investigation of study-abroad risks to include a range of traumatic experiences for male and female students and to examine effects of institutional betrayal (i.e., an institution’s failure to prevent trauma or support survivors). In an online survey of 173 university students who had studied abroad, many respondents (45.44%, n = 79) reported exposure to at least 1 traumatic experience while abroad, most frequently natural disasters, sexual assault, and unwanted sexual experiences. Of students exposed to potentially traumatic events, more than one third (35.44%, n = 28) also reported at least 1 form of related institutional betrayal, which uniquely correlated with posttraumatic distress in some participants, when controlling for lifetime trauma history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-68
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Experience of a Lifetime : Study Abroad, Trauma, and Institutional Betrayal. / Wright, Naomi M.; Smith, Carly; Freyd, Jennifer J.

In: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, Vol. 26, No. 1, 02.01.2017, p. 50-68.

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