June 2020 Virtual Journal Club Session
For this session, our theme is Victims’ Experiences of Research Participation. We read:
- Predicting the Effects of Sexual Assault Research Participation: Reactions, Perceived Insight, and Help-Seeking by A. Kirkner, M. Relyea, & S.E. Ullman. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2019, vol. 34 no. 17, 3592. (Abstract)
- Login to VictimResearch.org and search the CVR Library for “predicting the effects of sexual assault research participation” to find the full-text article.
- Full-text will also be sent a week before the journal club session to those who signed up.
Let us know if you have issues accessing the article or logging in.
Quick Tips on Reading Research Articles
- The CVR glossary can be a good starting place for definitions of research words frequently used in victim research.
- Review additional tips in our Quick Reference: Tips on Reading Research Articles.
There will be multiple ways to participate in discussion during June 22-26, 2020.
- Comment on VictimResearch.org: Login to VictimResearch.org and return to this post to add your comments below. Detailed instructions: How to Comment
We hosted a Twitter chat with one of the article authors, Dr. Anne Kirkner, on Wednesday June 24, 2-3pm EST. Dr. Kirkner is a Criminologist for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and manages their Center for Victim Studies. Discover more of Dr. Kirkner’s research through her Research Gate profile. Review the questions and catch up on the chat:
Respond to any or all of the following prompts and add any other reactions you had while reading this article. Throughout the week, come back to read and respond others’ comments.
- Did reading the article “Predicting the Effects of Sexual Assault Research Participation” shift your perspective about involving crime victims in research?
- The researchers noted the importance of using non-blaming survey language and providing participants with a list of community resources. Especially when research is not conducted in-person, what else can researchers do to ensure their research process is trauma-informed and victim-centered?
- The researchers discussed study findings that surprised them, like the relationship between emotional dysregulation and increased insights from research participation. What did you think of the researchers’ idea that “those who have trouble inhibiting distressing emotions during the survey may have more opportunities for thinking about and possibly gaining insight into what upsets them”?
- While this study found that most survivors had a positive reaction to participating in the survey, what barriers may prevent crime victims or victim services organizations from participating in research?
- The article mentions how these findings could apply to IRB applications and college surveys about traumatic experiences. How might the article’s findings impact victim assistance screening and assessment or programs?
- Has your organization participated in research on victim services and victimization? How did you work with researchers to build in protections for study participants’ safety and privacy?
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