The Psychological Impact of Rape


Journal Article

The purpose of the present article is to review the literature on the psychological impact of rape on adult female victims. Typical patterns of recovery, types of symptoms, and variables affecting recovery are all reviewed. Among the problems discussed are fear and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, poor self-esteem, social adjustment issues, and sexual dysfunctions. The moderating variables that are reviewed are preassault variables such as prior psychological functioning and life stressors; within-assault variables such as acquaintanceship status, level of violence, and within-crime victim reactions; and postassault variables such as social support and participation in the criminal justice system. © 1993, SAGE Periodicals Press. All rights reserved.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Resick, PA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 223 - 255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-2605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/088626093008002005

Citation Source

  • Scopus