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Title: Comorbidity of Sexual Problems and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Female Crime Victims
Journal: Behavior Therapy  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1996)  Pages:321-336
Author(s): E J Letourneau; H S Resnick; D G Kilpatrick; B E Saunders; C L Best
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 84-IJ-CX-0039; T32-MH-18869
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sexual problems using data from a sample of 391 women in Charleston, South Carolina, who were interviewed about their history of crime victimization and mental health problems.
Abstract: Subdivision of the sample resulted in 228 positive and 165 negative histories of sexual problems. These two groups were compared on several demographics, crime characteristics, and mental health variables. Variables significantly related to sexual problems included having experienced some form of criminal victimization, rape, physical injury during the crime, depression, and PTSD. Logistic regression analysis was conducted with these significant variables. The PTSD variable was entered into the regression model last and was found to contribute a significant amount of the variance after accounting for variance contributed by the other variables. This finding supported the hypothesis that PTSD may act as a moderating variable in the development of sexual problems in women with sexual and nonsexual trauma histories. The authors conclude study findings are largely consistent with learning theory models of post-traumatic adjustment and discuss clinical and research implications. 32 references and 6 tables
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Mental disorders; NIJ grant-related documents; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Psychological evaluation; Rape; Sexual assault victims; South Carolina; Victims of violent crime; Violent crime statistics
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