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Satisfaction with the initial police response and development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in victims of domestic burglary

 

Author(s)Kunst, M.J.J., S. Rutten, and E. Knijf
Title Satisfaction with the initial police response and development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in victims of domestic burglary
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress,2013, Vol 26, Issue 2, pp.111-118
Date 2013 
Document type Journal article
Coverage The Netherlands
Summary The purpose of this study was to explore the role of victim satisfaction with the initial police response in the development of PTSD in response to a domestic burglary. Participants in the study were victims who had reported a domestic burglary to police in Hollands Midden, in the Netherlands. A number of instruments were used with the participants to measure PTSD symptomology and satisfaction with police, including the Dutch Performance Inventory and the Trauma Screener Questionnaire. It was found that victims with high levels of early symptoms were at an increased risk of PTSD symptomatology, especially if they also had low levels of satisfaction with the police response. A number of limitations to the study were identified that may have biased the results and it was suggested that future studies are conducted with more rigorous designs to determine if the results can be replicated.
Keywords Burglary; PTSD; police response; victim satisfaction 
Topic Non-violent crime