Hospital staff reactions to accounts by survivors of childhood abuse

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1993 Jul;63(3):410-6. doi: 10.1037/h0079452.


Staff reactions to hospitalized patients' accounts of their abuse were found to resemble some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These reactions are described, their implications for a better understanding of the interpersonal effects of trauma are discussed, and interventions to maintain the effectiveness of the therapeutic milieu are suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / rehabilitation
  • Countertransference
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Female
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Object Attachment
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Support
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*