Effects of a Rape Experience: A Longitudinal Study

Journal Article (Journal Article)

After reviewing previous work on psychological effects of a rape experience, this paper reports the results of a longitudinal investigation of victim reactions to rape. Adult victims (N = 20) were assessed at 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year postrape, and a group of matched non‐victims (N = 20) were assessed at similar intervals. Findings were that victims were significantly more anxious, fearful, suspicious, and confused than nonvictims for at least a year after their assaults. However, there was significant improvement on those as well as other measures of personality and mood state over time, particularly between 1 and 6 months. Implications of these findings with regard to both social learning and feminist theory and therapy are discussed. 1981 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kilpatrick, DG; Resick, PA; Veronen, LJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 105 - 122

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-4560

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4537

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1981.tb01073.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus