Journal Article

The present research investigated the question of how therapists’attitudes toward sexual assault victims predict their inferences about and treatment of clients. In addition, this study asked the following questions: (a) What percentage of female psychotherapy clients have been victims of sexual assault? (b) What treatment approaches are therapists using with victims and what attitudes toward victims do these therapists hold? (c) On the average, which demographic groups of therapists hold the most positive views of victims and are the most knowledgeable about working with victims? The results of the study indicated that therapists who held negative attitudes toward victims were more likely to endorse victim‐blaming themes and therapeutic treatments which blame victims for sexual assault. Of therapists’current female clients, 18.5% (n= 257) had been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. On the average, therapists were knowledgeable about working with victims and showed positive attitudes toward victims. Copyright © 1990, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dye, E; Roth, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 191 - 212

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-6402

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-6843

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1990.tb00014.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus