U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Comorbidity of Sexual Problems and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Female Crime Victims

NCJ Number
171061
Journal
Behavior Therapy Volume: 27 Issue: 3 Dated: (Summer 1996) Pages: 321-336
Author(s)
E J Letourneau; H S Resnick; D G Kilpatrick; B E Saunders; C L Best
Date Published
1996
Length
16 pages
Annotation
This study explored the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sexual problems using data from a sample of 391 women in Charleston, South Carolina, who were interviewed about their history of crime victimization and mental health problems.
Abstract
Subdivision of the sample resulted in 228 positive and 165 negative histories of sexual problems. These two groups were compared on several demographics, crime characteristics, and mental health variables. Variables significantly related to sexual problems included having experienced some form of criminal victimization, rape, physical injury during the crime, depression, and PTSD. Logistic regression analysis was conducted with these significant variables. The PTSD variable was entered into the regression model last and was found to contribute a significant amount of the variance after accounting for variance contributed by the other variables. This finding supported the hypothesis that PTSD may act as a moderating variable in the development of sexual problems in women with sexual and nonsexual trauma histories. The authors conclude study findings are largely consistent with learning theory models of post-traumatic adjustment and discuss clinical and research implications. 32 references and 6 tables

Date Published: January 1, 1996