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Posttraumatic anger in crime victims: directed at the perpetrator and at the self


Orth, U; Maercker, Andreas (2009). Posttraumatic anger in crime victims: directed at the perpetrator and at the self. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(2):158-161.

Abstract

This study investigated the targets of anger that are most strongly involved in posttraumatic anger. Using a sample of 218 crime victims, the authors assessed the levels of anger at potential targets (perpetrator, criminal justice system, third persons, and the self) and their association with severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The results revealed that anger was most strongly directed at the perpetrator and at the self, and that anger at other targets was low. Moreover, anger at the perpetrator and at the self showed strong associations with PTSD symptoms, whereas the associations of anger at other targets with PTSD symptoms were low.

Abstract

This study investigated the targets of anger that are most strongly involved in posttraumatic anger. Using a sample of 218 crime victims, the authors assessed the levels of anger at potential targets (perpetrator, criminal justice system, third persons, and the self) and their association with severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The results revealed that anger was most strongly directed at the perpetrator and at the self, and that anger at other targets was low. Moreover, anger at the perpetrator and at the self showed strong associations with PTSD symptoms, whereas the associations of anger at other targets with PTSD symptoms were low.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:April 2009
Deposited On:05 Aug 2009 15:55
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 20:15
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0894-9867
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20392
PubMed ID:19283835

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