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Title: The impact of training officers in identifying PTSD and shame-based behaviours in victims of sexual assault
Author: Glover, N. K. E.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis focuses on how sexual assault victims are viewed by the police and is presented in three sections. The work was part of a joint project conducted with another DClinPsy trainee, David Turgoose (Turgoose, 2015). The literature review considers research which examines the psychological and physical consequences for victims of rape and sexual assault who receive a negative reaction from others to their disclosure of their experience. The most common effect of a negative reaction was an increase in the likelihood of victims' experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, a link between negative reactions to disclosure and other psychological and physical difficulties were found. The empirical paper reports on a quantitative study exploring the outcome of a PTSD training programme for specialist police officers working with victims of rape. Officers' knowledge and attitudes improved immediately following the training, however these changes were not maintained at follow-up. The majority of officers found the training useful, potentially indicating that further clinical psychology collaboration with the police would be helpful. The critical appraisal reflects on the process of completing this research, with a focus on the challenges of collaborating with the police and the way in which those were negotiated. Additionally, more general considerations of the challenges of conducting research are discussed.
Supervisor: Barker, C. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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