Single- Versus Multiple-Incident Rape Victims: A Comparison of Psychological Reactions to Rape


Journal Article

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of prior victimization on long-term functioning of rape victims. Subjects were 52 rape victims who had been assaulted from 3 months to 34 years previously. All participants were given a structured interview and a battery of assessment measures. Data were examined by means of MANOVAs and ANOVAs two ways, single-incident versus multiple-incident rape victims and single-incident victims versus victims with other prior major victimization. On the first set of analyses no differences emerged between single- and multiple-incident rape victims. The second set of comparisons resulted in two significant findings. Victims with prior major victimization were more assertive than single-incident victims but had more problems with somatic symptoms. Results are discussed within the context of other relevant studies as well as theory. © 1988, SAGE PUBLICATIONS. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Marhoefer-Dvorak, S; Resick, PA; Hutter, CK; Girelli, SA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 160

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-2605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/088626088003002002

Citation Source

  • Scopus