ERIC Number: EJ723542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 38
Feelings of Revenge, Retaliation Motive, and Posttraumatic Stress Reactions in Crime Victims
Orth, Ulrich; Montada, Leo; Maercker, Andreas
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v21 n2 p229-243 2006
Individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often said to experience strong feelings of revenge. However, there is a need for confirmatory empirical studies. Therefore, in a study of 174 victims of violent crimes, the relation between feelings of revenge and posttraumatic stress reactions was investigated. Feelings of revenge were correlated with intrusion and hyperarousal but not with avoidance. Feelings of revenge explained incremental variance of intrusion and hyperarousal when the variance explained by victimological variables was controlled. The retaliation motive implied in feelings of revenge did not account for the relation between feelings of revenge and posttraumatic stress reactions. However, the relation was moderated by the time since victimization. Therefore, feelings of revenge must presumably be regarded as a maladaptive coping reaction to experienced injustice, but not in the first period after victimization.
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Crime, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Response, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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Identifiers - Location: Germany