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Women, catastrophe and mental health

Raphael, Beverley; Taylor, Mel; McAndrew, Virginia


This paper examines the concept of catastrophic experience, its relationship to the range of acute and prolonged stressors to which women may be exposed and the broad impacts on their mental health and well-being. It identifies catastrophe in terms of multiple accumulated stresses including death, loss, victimization, demoralization, shame, stigmatization, helplessness and identity. Catastrophic experiences include personal violence in domestic circumstances of intimate partner abuse, sexual...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1080/00048670701732707


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