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November 22, 1995

Assessing and Treating Victims of Violence

Author Affiliations

Henry Ford Health System Detroit, Mich Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, Ohio

 

by John Briere, 107 pp (New Directions for Mental Health Services Series, No. 64, Winter 1994), $17.95, ISBN 0-7879-9991-1, San Francisco, Calif, Jossey-Bass, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;274(20):1640. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530200078050

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Abstract

This slim, edited volume brings together information on diagnostic and symptom-assessment instruments useful in research on victims of violence, descriptive information on childhood sexual abuse and its sequelae, and descriptions of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rape victims, and battered women. Key clinical assessment and treatment issues are provided for patients exposed to these particular types of violence.

The book succeeds in providing a competent account of PTSD symptoms and available psychometric instruments for studying PTSD and, to a lesser extent, other sequelae of violence. In both chapters about childhood violence, "Assessing Children for the Effects of Sexual Victimization" and "Long-Term Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Adult Survivors," the authors are effective in conveying the multiple adverse outcomes of childhood abuse, particularly with respect to disturbances in function and effects on life course. Too often clinicians have attempted to squeeze the clinical sequelae of violence in children into single diagnoses

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