Post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape

Sandra K. Burge

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Rape is a stressor that legitimately can be included in experiences that cause post-traumatic stress. A review of the professional literature on rape shows evidence for each of the criteria for PTSD. A sample of convenience of 29 rape victims showed a range of PTSD patterns, but 25 (86%) were either moderately or severely stressed. Victims consistently scored higher on standard stress measures than normal or out-patient samples. Implications of the study are discussed in terms of reframing the rape victim's experience as a response to traumatic stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-210
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1988


  • effects of violence
  • rape
  • traumatic stress
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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