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NCJ Number: 77938 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Long-term Reaction to Rape
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Psychology  Volume:90  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1981)  Pages:263-266
Author(s): E M Ellis; B M Atkeson; K S Calhoun
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: MH29750
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined long-term effects of rape in victims who had been assaulted at least 1 year previously.
Abstract: A total of 27 adult women who had been rape victims were interviewed and their current functioning assessed through a variety of written measures including the Beck Depression Inventory, the Profile of Mood States, the Social Adjustment Scale (Self-Report Form) and the Modified Fear Survey. A control group of 26 women who matched the victims on age, race, socioeconomic level, and marital status also participated. Findings indicate that victims were significantly more depressed and reported less pleasure in daily activities than matched nonvictim controls. Women who had been victims of sudden violent attacks by strangers showed the most severe reactions, being even more depressed, fatigued, and fearful, and getting less satisfaction from activities than victims of other types of assaults. Tabular data and 14 references are included.
Index Term(s): Emotional disorders; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Sexual assault victims
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