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Treatment Acceptability among Crime Victims
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
2011 (English)In: The Open Psychology Journal, ISSN 1874-3501, Vol. 4, 6-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Crime victims receive relevant treatment too seldom and there is uncertainty as to whether those who need the treatment the most are among those who get it. Fifty-two consecutive adult crime victims were offered 10 sessions of psychotherapy within two weeks after an experienced trauma of criminal victimization. Twenty-six accepted and 26 declined the offer. The aim of the study was to explore some of the differences between these two groups. The results show that the therapy group presented a higher incidence of acute stress disorder, more negative scorings regarding immediate reactions (to the crime), more subjective ratings of physical and psychological health (GAF, according to DSM IV), and more psychiatric and trauma-related symptoms as compared to the non-therapy group. A conclusion was that those who needed treatment the most also accepted it. Traumatized people may, due to avoidant strategies, withdraw from potential treatment. Conversely, the therapy group scored higher on the coping style escape-avoidance.

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Bentham Open , 2011. Vol. 4, 6-11 p.
Keyword [en]
Crime victims, psychiatric symptoms, psychotherapy, coping, treatment acceptability
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Medical and Health Sciences Psychology
Research subject
Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-48225DOI: 10.2174/1874350101104010006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-48225DiVA: diva2:447254
Available from: 2011-10-17 Created: 2011-10-11 Last updated: 2011-10-20Bibliographically approved

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