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Depression, anxiety, and symptom profiles among female and male victims of sexual violence                



Author(s)Choudhary, Ekta, Merideth Smith and Robert M. Bossarte
Title Depression, anxiety and symptom profiles among female and male victims of sexual violence
Source American Journal of Men's Health,2012, Vol 6, No 28, pp 28-36
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study compares the prevalence of poor mental health among male and female victims of sexual violence and examines the association between victimisation and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Data was obtained from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and analysed using a stratified multivariate logistic regression model. It was found that the pattern of association between sexual violence victimisation and categories of depression and anxiety disorder were similar among males and females. The study showed that when compared with participants who reported no victimisation, those who reported victimisation were more likely to report being diagnosed with depression and both depression and anxiety disorders. The authors suggest that future studies use data available from multiple sources to understand in particular the effects of male sexual assault and assist in the development of targeted interventions.
Keywords Sexual assault; depression; anxiety; mental health; male victims

Psychological effects and treatment