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Am J Psychiatry. 2004 Aug;161(8):1483-5.

Psychopathology after rape.

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Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Florence University Medical School, Italy. carlo.faravelli@unifi.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study evaluated the psychopathological consequences of a single rape occurring in adult women.

METHOD:

The psychiatric symptoms reported by 40 women who were victims of rape during the previous 9 months as decided by a court of law were compared with the symptoms of 32 women who underwent severe, nonsexual, life-threatening events (car accidents, physical attacks, or robberies). None of the raped women had experienced previous sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence.

RESULTS:

The raped women showed a significantly greater prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as sexual, eating, and mood disorders.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings indicate that the psychopathological consequences of a rape could be specific and may warrant particular attention.

PMID:
15285977
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ajp.161.8.1483
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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