Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence as a Micro-Trauma: Understanding its Role in the Development of Traumatic Stress

Title: Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence as a Micro-Trauma: Understanding its Role in the Development of Traumatic Stress

Description: Little research has investigated technology-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV), and little is known about the psychological impact. Preliminary research suggests that victims of TFSV tend to experience higher rates of anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms, while also experiencing lower rates of self esteem, perceived control, and social support (Snaychuk & O'Neill, 2020; Cripps, 2016). However, existing research does not typically consider the effect of traumatic stress on victimization, and as a result of victimization. Understanding the factors associated with TFSV may help mitigate the negative consequences experienced by victims.

Using a battery of standardized tools to assess various aspects of mental health and TFSV-related questions developed by the researcher, this study seeks to answer the following research questions:

1) what is the prevalence rate of TFSV in the sample and what demographic factors are associated with victimization (age, gender, etc.)?

2) what are the psychological effects (anxiety, stress, depression, trauma) of TFSV and the associated risk/protective factors (social support, perceived control, self-esteem, etc.)?

3) does previous trauma exposure have an effect on the emergence of adverse symptoms following TFSV?

Specifics: Study Population: This study is Canada-wide and is open to all Canadian citizens aged 18+
Participant Obligation: This study will require participants to access an online survey consisting of several questions related to technology-facilitated sexual violence and mental health. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Location: online - Nanaimo

Project lead: Lindsey Snaychuk, Supervisor: Dr. Melanie O'Neill (R.Psych)

Study Dates: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Study Website: https://surveymonkey.com/r/TFSV2020