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ERIC Number: EJ914779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Emotional Reactions of Rape Victim Advocates: A Multiple Case Study of Anger and Fear
Wasco, Sharon M.; Campbell, Rebecca
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v26 n2 p120-130 Jun 2002
This research explores the emotional reactions of a rarely studied group of women who work closely with survivors of sexual violence: rape victim advocates. Women who assist rape victims in obtaining medical, criminal justice, and mental health services were interviewed about their experiences, and qualitative analysis was used to delineate the situational context of the advocates' emotional reactions. Results indicate that respondents experienced anger and fear in response to both individual (e.g., a perpetrator's menacing glare) and environmental (e.g., community denial of a problem) cues. Additionally, some experienced rape victim advocates perceived their emotional reactions to be an important part of their work with rape victims. These findings suggest that intense emotional reactions, previously conceptualized within a vicarious trauma framework, may at times serve as resources for women working with rape survivors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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