Adult Victimization over Time

Mary C. Zanarini

in In the Fullness of Time

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Published in print October 2018 | ISBN: 9780195370607
Published online October 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190905521 | DOI:
Adult Victimization over Time

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At baseline, borderline patients reported higher rates of adult rape and physical assault by a partner than Axis II comparison subjects. Four risk factors were found to significantly predict whether borderline patients had an adult history of being a victim of physical and/or sexual violence before their index admission: female gender, a substance use disorder that began before the age of 18, childhood sexual abuse, and emotional withdrawal by a caretaker (a form of neglect). At six-year and 10-year follow-up, borderline patients reported higher rates of being verbally, emotionally, physically, and sexually abused or assaulted than did Axis II comparison subjects. However, each of these forms of abuse declined significantly over time. The clinical implications of these prevalence and predictive findings are discussed.

Keywords: adult rape history; adult physical assault; other adult victimization; verbal abuse; emotional abuse

Chapter.  1102 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Adult Psychology

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