Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Dana M. Howell
It is estimated that 1 in 4 women experience sexual violence while in college (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2006), which may result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Occupational therapy has been used to provide interventions for PTSD, but there is a gap in the literature addressing occupational therapy intervention for college students who have experienced sexual assault. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to inquire into students’ lived experiences of daily occupations while in college after having experienced sexual assault, through thematic analysis of data from two interviews conducted in Kentucky and Ohio. Six meaningful themes were developed: changes in emotion, challenges with academics, interruption of social patterns, changes to work routines, changes to self-care routines, and changes in sleep patterns. The essence of the participant’s lived stories emerged: sexual assault results in alterations to survivor’s emotions and daily occupations, disrupting participation and performance in college.
Copyright 2017 Lee Ann Hodge
Hodge, Lee Ann, "The Impact of Sexual Assault on College Students' Daily Occupations: A Phenomenological Approach" (2017). Online Theses and Dissertations. 453.