ON REQUEST (06/21/07)
The authors examined the relationship between causal attributions and recovery among rape survivors. Participants in the study were 282 female undergraduates (including 59 survivors of rape). They completed measures including the Sexual Experiences Survey, the Brief Symptom Inventory, and the McPearl Belief Scale. Results indicated that frequent rape-related ruminations as well as behavioral and characterological self-blame were associated with more complicated recovery trajectories for survivors of rape. The belief that future rapes were less likely to occur was found to be related to improved recovery.