Posttraumatic growth moderates the association between violent revictimization and persisting PTSD symptoms in victims of interpersonal violence: A six-month follow-up study

Author(s)Kunst, M. J. J., Winkel, F. W. and Bogaerts, S.
Title Posttraumatic growth moderates the association between violent revictimization and persisting PTSD symptoms in victims of interpersonal violence: A six-month follow-up study
Source Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2010, pp. 527-545
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage The Netherlands
Summary This study aimed to assess the prevalence of PTSD among a sample of victims who had claimed compensation in the Netherlands and also aimed to see if PTSD could be predicted from data available in the compensation fund's electronic files. The results indicated that about 1 in 2 of victims applying for state compensation in the Netherlands still have PTSD many years after victimisation and claim settlement. It was also found that several sources of information included in the electronic files may be used to predict which victims are most likely to suffer from sustained PTSD, such as age, female sex, time since victimisation, violence-related hospitalisation and compensation for immaterial damage. It is recommended that these types of electronic databases should be considered by policy makers as sources of referral and compensation funds should not be seen solely as targets of referral.
Keywords Posttraumatic stress disorder; PTSD; revictimisation; interpersonal violence
Topic Psychological symptoms and treatment