Power and trust dynamics of sexual violence: a textual analysis of nassar victim impact statements and #metoo disclosures on twitter

Brian A. Eiler, Rosemary Al-Kire, Patrick C. Doyle, Heidi A Wayment

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Abstract

Employing a natural language processing approach, we analyzed textual content derived from publicly-available athlete victim impact statements (VIS) from the Larry Nassar trial (N = 111) to examine psychosocial responses to sexual violence. To explore potential differences in a non-sports context, we conducted similar analyses on a sample of #MeToo tweets (N = 45,848). Our research focused on the semantic content of VIS, including positive and negative affect, power and trust dynamics, well-being, and post-traumatic growth. We hypothesized that athletes’ reactions to sexual violence would be more likely to contain language related to power and trust. Traditional null-hypothesis significance testing and network analyses were used to identify the psychosocial indicators unique to sexual violence disclosures in a sports context. Results indicated differential use of language related to negative affect, trust, power dynamics, and post-traumatic growth in sports versus non-sports contexts. We discuss clinical, practical, and policy-based implications for risk reduction and intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-310
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Disclosure
  • Female athletes
  • SEANCE
  • Sexual violence
  • Text analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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