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The psychosocial effects of rape on heterosexual and homosexual men

By Alison Heather Litvack


The present study evaluated the psychosocial effects of rape on heterosexual and homosexual men. It was hypothesized that 1) non-closeted homosexual men would have less symptomology and more resilience than closeted homosexual men and heterosexual men; 2) the more protective factors a man had, the less symptomology he would display and the more likely he would exhibit posttraumatic growth; 3) there would be an interaction between sexual orientation of the perpetrator and sexual orientation of the victim on symptomology. One-way ANOVAs revealed that homosexual men and bisexual men reported significantly less PTSD symptomology than heterosexual men. Further, homosexual men endorsed more male rape myths than heterosexual men. A univariate-ANOVA revealed a significant interaction between victim orientation and perpetrator orientation on depression. Clinical implications and social issues surrounding male rape are reviewed

Topics: Psychology
Publisher: Rowan Digital Works
Year: 2009
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Provided by: Rowan University

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