Alcohol-involved assault and the course of PTSD in female crime victims

Author(s)Kaysen, D., Lindgren, K., Lee, C., Lewis, M., Fossos, N., and Atkins, D.
Title Alcohol-involved assault and the course of PTSD in female crime victims
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol 23, No 4, August 2010, pp 323-527
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examined the impact of victim alcohol use on initial reactions to a sexual or physical assault and on recovery over time. Female participants from Seattle were assessed at three periods after the assault, at 2-5 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. The results showed that alcohol-involved assault was associated with lower initial intrusive symptoms. Overall PTSD symptoms improved for both alcohol-involved assault and non-alcohol-involved assault groups. It was also found that although the symptoms may initially be less severe in the alcohol-involved assault group, they may not remit as rapidly. This study builds on existing research.
Keywords PTSD; alcohol; female victims; impact; symptoms
Topic Psychological effects and treatment