Feelings of revenge and posttraumatic stress reactions in victims of violent crimes

Orth, Ulrich; Maercker, Andreas; Montada, Leo (2003). Feelings of revenge and posttraumatic stress reactions in victims of violent crimes. Zeitschrift für klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 32(3), pp. 169-175. Hogrefe 10.1026/0084-5345.32.3.169

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Individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often said to experience a strong feelings of revenge. However, there is a lack of confirmatory empirical studies. Objectives: The relationship between a feelings of revenge and posttraumatic stress reactions is investigated. Methods: Self-report data were gathered from 174 victims of violent crimes. Stress reactions were assessed with the Impact of Event Scale - Revised (IES-R). Results: Feelings of revenge correlates significantly with posttraumatic intrusion and hyperarousal, but not with avoidance. Feelings of revenge explains a variance proportion of that is greater than the predictive power of standard victimological variables. However, the relationship becomes stronger only with increasing time after the event. Conclusions: Feelings of revenge must presumably be regarded as a dysfunctional coping reaction to injustice, but not in the immediate aftermath of criminal acts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1616-3443

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

German

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

01 Dec 2015 14:14

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2015 14:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1026/0084-5345.32.3.169

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Kriminalitätsopfer, Rachegefühle, Posttraumatische Belastungsstörung, crime victims, feelings of revenge, posttraumatic stress disorder

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73262

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73262

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