PATTERNS OF RESPONSE AMONG VICTIMS OF RAPE

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  • Miss Sandra Sutherland M.S.S.A.,

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      MISS SUTHERLAND is co-director of the Metropolitan Mental Health Skills Center, Washington, D. C., and DR. SCHERL is assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Community Mental Health Services, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School.

  • Donald J. Scherl M.D.

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      MISS SUTHERLAND is co-director of the Metropolitan Mental Health Skills Center, Washington, D. C., and DR. SCHERL is assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Community Mental Health Services, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School.


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Abstract

Thirteen young victims of rape were seen, in most instances within 48 hours, by a mental health team. Followup of each revealed a similar sequence of reactions, falling in three distinct phases. Understanding of this pattern permits the design of supportive mental health intervention.

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