Student Research

The relationship of sexual coercion on the self-esteem of Latina college students

The effects of sexual coercion on the person and their self-esteem are critical to research. This study is intended to increase the understanding of how culture may play a part in maintaining sexual scripts and how they in turn affect those who have been victimized. Understanding the impact of sexual violence on women is significant for recovery and coping as well as for prevention programs. Studies show that females who have reported rape express lower levels of self-esteem, however the studies in the literature have consisted of predominantly white women. Although the data is critical to collect it cannot be generalized to all women, especially women of color. Due to the lack of literature surrounding sexual coercion and the effect on ethnic minorities, the purpose of this study is to explore the effects of sexual coercion on the well being of Latina college students to understand the cultural implications of sexual assault. In this study 144 self-identified Latina female undergraduate students from the Cal Poly Pomona campus partook in a series of published questionnaires on an online system. An independent samples t-test showed there was a slight decrease in self-esteem levels from victims of sexual coercion to those that were not. Correlational analysis presented a couple of positive relationships among the prevalence of sexual violence victim groups.