Victims of Violence and Psychiatric Illness
The growing body of knowledge about victims of violence strongly suggests that physical and sexual abuse may be frequent, if not inevitable, life experiences for many people. However, psychological and social conditions that link such victimization to subsequent psychiatric illness have only recently been identified as subjects for clinical investigation. As a result, the importance of the victim-to-patient process is neither appreciated by clinicians nor adequately conceptualized by researchers. This lack of recognition persists in spite of an extensive, but unsynthesized, literature on the psychosocial consequences of child abuse, spouse abuse, rape, and incest. As a way of addressing this gap in our knowledge, in this paper we report the results of an investigation into the relationship between physical and sexual abuse and psychiatric illness in a psychiatric inpatient population.
KeywordsSexual Abuse Personality Disorder Psychiatric Inpatient Male Victim Psychosomatic Symptom
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