Authors: Svenja Eichhorn, Thomas Klauer, Elena Grundke, Harald J. Freyberger, Elmar Brähler, and Philipp Kuwert
Title: Bewältigungsstrategien und wahrgenommene soziale Unterstützung bei deutschen Langzeitüberlebenden der Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs
Translation: Coping Skills and Social Support in German Long-Time Survivors of Rape in the End of World War II
Journal: Psychiatrische Praxis
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»Objective: The aim of the study was to document perceived social support in a sample of german war-raped women in World War II. Furthermore the impact of this potential resource on todays posttraumatic symptoms should be pointed out.
Methods: 27 women (M = 80.3 years, SD = 3.1 years) answered each a semi-structured interview and several questionnaires.
Results: Perceived social support shows clearly lower values than in the comparative samples. The measured degree of the variable in the present sample bears negative relationship to the actual posttraumatic symptoms of the women.
Conclusions: In World War II sexually traumatized women could profit only few from the examined resource. The found negative relationship between perceived social support and posttraumatic symptoms shows additionally the potentially long-lasting impact of these form of coping on psychological health in trauma victims.« [Source: Psychiatrische Praxis]