Thriving Communities Working Paper

Impact of Stranger Violence and Intimate Partner Violence on the Grades of American Indian/Alaska Native Undergraduate College Students

Stranger and intimate partner violence are pervasive public health problems that have a range of negative effects, with exceptionally high prevalence among ethno–racial minority youth. This study assesses the prevalence of these types of violence among American Indian/Alaska (AI/AN) students and examines the impact of victimization on academic performance AI/AN and non-AI/AN student populations using self-reported college health survey data. Results found that students who identified fully or partially as AI/AN reported markedly higher rates of all types of violence/abuse than did other students, and students who had experienced violence/abuse had lower GPAs those who had not. The interaction effect of female and violence type on GPA was significant for AI/AN students. Recommendations for future research and direct practice with AI/AN students are discussed.

Project: Native Assets 


Patterson, D. A., Perkins, J., & Van Zile-Tamsen, C. (2015). Impact of stranger violence and intimate partner violence on the grades of American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate college students (CSD Working Paper No. 15-32). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.