Rape trauma syndrome

Authors

  • Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess R.N., D.N.Sc

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    1. Associate Director of Nursing Research, Department of Health and Hospitals, City of Boston
    • Department of Health und Hospitals, 818 Harrison Ave, Peabody 3, Boston, Massachuserrs 02118
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Abstract

The relationship of rape trauma syndrome to the official diagnostic nomenclature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the DSM-III is extensively discussed. The theoretical and practical clinical issues involved in rape trauma are reviewed as well as the early court rulings on the admissibility of rape trauma syndrome in criminal and civil cases.

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