Fair, Sullivan to present at APHA conference

Kristen Sullivan and Cynthia Fair, both from the Department of Human Services at Elon, are presenting research on Oct. 27 at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in San Diego.

Sullivan’s research, “Sex Difference in Spouse Abuse by U.S. Army Soldiers,” suggests that “significant variations by sex in spouse abuse perpetration suggest prevention and intervention efforts in the Army should be tailored to gender groups.”

Fair’s research, titled “Sexual Coercion, Verbal Aggression, and Condom Use Consistency among College Students’ Intimate Relationships,” was co-authored by Jenny Vanyur, a 2008 human services major and Social Science Fellow now in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. 

Their research found that sexual coercion is associated with inconsistent condom use and that participants who reported alcohol use before or during episodes of verbal aggression were also significantly less likely to use condoms.

Lauren Taylor, a current Elon student and recipient of the Lumen Prize will also attend the conference.