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Thesis

Treatment of rape-related posttraumatic stress disorder

24 July 1998

Abstract

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of many common and devastating effects of sexual assault. Although many forms of intervention exist for rape-related PTSD, very few controlled studies have been conducted to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for this population. A broad range of psychological interventions for the treatment of rape-related PTSD is reviewed, with special attention given to empirical reports. Overall, several behavioral treatments, with either single or multiple components, have been found to result in a decrease or remission of rape-related symptoms. The few studies that include a wait-list control group have corroborated these findings. Suggestions for future research are offered with respect to methodology and treatment access.


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