Does acknowledgment as an assault victim impact postassault psychological symptoms and coping?

 
Author(s)Clements, Caroline M, and Ogle, Richard L
Title Does acknowledgment as an assault victim impact postassault psychological symptoms and coping?
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Volume 24 Number 10, October 2009, 1595-1614
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examined the psychological adjustment of acknowledged versus unacknowledged Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victims. Participants were assessed on a broad range of emotional status measures including abuse disability, psychopathology, PTSD symptoms and coping. The participants were university students and were asked to complete questionnaires for assessment. The results of this study support the current literature on the discrepancy rates in rape acknowledgement and extend that literature to IPV. In addition the results show that not acknowledging rape is associated with poorer psychological functioning and to a lesser extent, lack of acknowledgement is also associated with poorer functioning in IPV victims. The ability to generalise the findings to abuse victims may be limited to the extent that college students are not representative of all abuse victims.
Keywords Sexual assault; psychological effect; treatment
Topic Sexual assault; Psychological effects and treatment