Survey: The Role of Social Response to Disclosure in Religious and Spiritual Coping and Recovery

Disclaimer: This study was created by an independent third party, and Honey does not adopt the views, questions, or information provided in the study. Honey has not shared this study as part of a partnership with any person or entity, and has no relation to the author or institution who created it.


Trigger Warning: This survey includes questions relating to sexual assault and trauma and some participants may feel some emotional distress or discomfort. Additionally, the first page of this survey includes questions relating to religion and the role it has played in survivors disclosure. These questions may be triggering for those who have experienced co-trauma's relating to religion, and may not be applicable to non-religious survivors.


By Megan Wolfe; PhD Candidate


My name is Megan Wolfe. I am a graduate student at Brigham Young University, and I am conducting this research under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Hansen from the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. I am interested in finding out about how disclosing your experience to others impacted your recovery process.


The purpose of this study: Disclosure of sexual assault can lead to experiences of support and aid in the recovery process. Disclosure can also lead, at times, to negative experiences that may add to the trauma of the initial sexual assault. The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences of sexual assault survivors in telling others about the sexual assault as they reach out for help and support. In addition to the experience of social disclosure, the study also investigates the relationship between religious and spiritual coping strategies and explores the presence or absence of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.


Participation: You must be 18 years of age or older to complete this survey and must have been the victim of sexual assault which occurred from the age of 14 or older. You should not feel obligated to answer any question that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you experience distress related to answering these survey questions, please feel free to withdraw from the study at any time by closing the browser. The survey is estimated to take about 15 minutes of your time. Upon completion of this survey, you will receive an Amazon electronic gift card for $15.00.


Risks and benefits: There are no known physical, psychological, or social risks connected with this study. However, some participants may feel some emotional distress or discomfort due to the personal nature of the questions being asked, and the traumatic memories connected to the sensitive topic of sexual assault. Participants are encouraged to reach out to counselors or other mental health

professionals and support systems if this occurs. Participation in this study may educate helping professionals with whom sexual assault survivors interact, as well as members of the community about how their responses to sexual assault survivors may influence the recovery process. Your contributions may help future survivors receive better informed responses and support from those they reach out to in the future.


Protection of your data: All information provided is confidential. Your responses will not be connected to your contact information. The only contact information we request is your email address. We will not record your computer’s IP address or any other information. The results of this study will likely be discussed in academic publications in peer reviewed journals and in public presentations. Any comments you offer in the survey may be used for illustration in publications or presentations, but they will not be connected to your identity.


To begin the survey, visit: Response to Disclosure of Sexual Assault Survey


For feedback or questions, please contact: kristina_hansen@byu.edu or megan_wolfe@byu.edu



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