Assessing experiences and responses of crime victims

Author(s) Carlson, Eve, and Dutton, Mary Ann
Title Assessing experiences and responses of crime victims
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 16, No. 2, April 2003, pp. 133-148
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines strategies and tools for assessing crime victims. Crime victims have been found to develop a number of psychological disorders, with PTSD having a pivotal role. It has been found that crime victims who develop PTSD are at risk of developing other psychological disorders as well. Strategies for assessing crime victims will vary according to the purpose of the evaluation, including research, forensic, and clinical. Multiple sources of information can be used, including self-report measures, structured interviews, psychological tests and collateral sources such as parents, family and friends. Some advice is offered regarding the choice of an appropriate measure, such as being aware that the level of language used in the scale or interview should be appropriate for the cognitive capacities or education level of the client. It is recommended that clinicians keep abreast of developments and innovations in assessment of trauma and trauma responses.
Keywords PTSD; responses of crime victims; therapeutic assessments; traumatic grief; dissociation; assessing crime victims.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment