Episodically homeless women with serious mental illness: prevalence of physical and sexual assault

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1995 Oct;65(4):468-78. doi: 10.1037/h0079669.

Abstract

Three aspects of physical and sexual assault in the histories of 99 episodically homeless, seriously mentally ill women were assessed: lifetime prevalence; severity, co-occurrence, and recency; and associations between levels of this victimization and specific characteristics of the women. Results indicate that the life-time risk for violent victimization was so high (97%) as to amount to normative experiences for this population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Bipolar Disorder / epidemiology
  • Bipolar Disorder / psychology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Homeless Persons / psychology
  • Homeless Persons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty / psychology
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Rape / psychology
  • Rape / statistics & numerical data*
  • Schizophrenia / epidemiology
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Violence / psychology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*