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Post-traumatic stress disorder in female survivors of rape attending a genitourinary medicine clinic: a pilot study.


Int J STD AIDS. 1999 Aug;10(8):531-5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

This study describes psychological symptomatology including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 19 women attending a specialist sexual assault service within a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. Women were interviewed within one year post-rape (mean = 12 weeks) using standardized questionnaires for PTSD and other psychological symptomatology. Seventeen (89.5%) of 19 women met full criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD. Anxiety predominated amongst other psychological symptomatology. Suicidal ideation was reported by 8 women and one made a suicide attempt following the rape. Although it is acknowledged this is a small, select sample, the high level of psychological trauma found suggests that genitourinary medicine clinics providing for sexual assault require access to mental health professionals.

JOURNAL ARTICLE Adolescence Adult Female Great Britain Human Mental Health Services Middle Age Outpatient Clinics, Hospital Psychiatric Status Rating Scales Questionnaires Rape/*PSYCHOLOGY Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/*PSYCHOLOGY


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