Date of Award

12-11-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Johan Rosqvist, PsyD

Second Advisor

Daniel McKitrick, PhD

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP

Abstract

Contemporary explanations of crime survivor experiences were reviewed, with specific attention to cognitions of the survivors. Additionally, the differences between anti-gay bias and non-bias offenses were examined in an effort to illuminate attributes unique to survivors of bias crime. One hundred forty-two participants attending Gay Pride Celebrations in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington contributed information about their experiences. The data revealed that there are common cognitions shared among survivors of anti-gay bias crime. The importance of post-attack cognitions was discussed in the context of possible approaches to survivor treatment.

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