Assessed 3 aspects of physical and sexual assault in the histories 99 episodically homeless, seriously mentally ill women (aged 21-71 yrs): lifetime prevalence; severity, co-occurrence, and recency; and associations between levels of this victimization and specific characteristics of the Ss. Results indicate that the lifetime risk for violent victimization was so high (97%) that rape and physical battery are normative experiences. The risk for recurrent abuse was also high.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
This study examines lifetime prevalence, severity, and recency of physical and sexual assault among homeless women diagnosed with serious mental illness. Results indicate a heightened risk for violent victimization with most respondents experiencing elevated levels of severe abuse beginning in childhood and continuing into adulthood. The study also examines the impact of ethnicity, education, and psychiatric diagnosis on levels of victimization. Implications for research and service delivery are discussed.
Prevalence; underserved populations