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Adjustment to rape.
J Pers Soc Psychol 1986; 50(6):1226-34JP

Abstract

This questionnaire study of rape victims' reactions, causal attributions for the rape, coping behaviors after the rape, and psychological adjustment to the rape were examined. As in previous research, high levels of behavioral and characterological self-blame for rape were found. Contrary to prior hypotheses, behavioral self-blame was not associated with good adjustment. Rather, both behavioral and characterological self-blame were associated with poor adjustment. Societal blame was the only causal attribution for rape that was unassociated with adjustment. Remaining at home and withdrawing from others were both associated with poor adjustment, and the use of stress reduction techniques was associated with good adjustment. The implications of the results for theories of victimization and for clinical interventions with rape victims are discussed.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

3723337

Citation

Meyer, C B., and S E. Taylor. "Adjustment to Rape." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 50, no. 6, 1986, pp. 1226-34.
Meyer CB, Taylor SE. Adjustment to rape. J Pers Soc Psychol. 1986;50(6):1226-34.
Meyer, C. B., & Taylor, S. E. (1986). Adjustment to rape. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50(6), pp. 1226-34.
Meyer CB, Taylor SE. Adjustment to Rape. J Pers Soc Psychol. 1986;50(6):1226-34. PubMed PMID: 3723337.
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