Psychodynamic and Life-Stage Considerations in the Response to Rape

  • Malkah T. Notman
  • Carol C. Nadelson


The experiences that we call rape range from surprise attacks with threats of death or mutilation to insistence on sexual intercourse in a social encounter where sexual contact is unexpected or not agreed upon. Consent is crucial to the definition of rape. The importance of mutual consent is often overlooked and misinterpreted; many people assume that certain social communications imply willingness for a sexual relationship. Although men, women, and children are raped, the majority of rape victims are women; this chapter focuses on understanding rape as a psychological stress for the woman victim.


Rape Victim Community Disaster Symbolic Extension Neurotic Disorder Psychic Trauma 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Malkah T. Notman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carol C. Nadelson
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryTufts New England Medical CenterBostonUSA

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