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Title: The role of shame, self-blame and PTSD in attrition of rape cases : victim and police perspectives
Author: Maddox, L.
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis considers the role of psychological factors in disclosure of rape, and the attrition of rape cases. Part 1 begins by considering literature on how psychological reactions to rape affect disclosure. It considers who people disclose rape to, incentives and barriers to disclosure, the reaction of the confidante, and the effect of disclosure on the victim. Part 2 investigates the role of three psychological consequences to rape: PTSD, shame and self-blame, in the high attrition rate of rape cases. Specifically, it uses three mixed-methodology studies to investigate victim and police perspectives on the police interview and on the high attrition rate (data collection for study 1 of the thesis was in collaboration with Hardy (2008), see Appendix 1). Finally, Part 3 considers challenges that arose in Part 2, in particular in relation to psychodynamic ideas about the functioning of the organisations involved in recruitment for the studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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