This study compares the psychological impact of battering, marital rape, and stranger rape Women who have experienced battering or marital rape as a form of battering are compared with victims of stranger rape victims in terms of their psychological functioning after victimization, as measured by the Derogatis Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). The BSI measures socialization, obsessive-compulsive disorders, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, hostility, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism The sexual functioning of victims is also compared. Overall, the marital rape victims scored higher on the BSI than victims of battering or stranger rape. Marital rape victims scored significantly higher than stranger rape victims on paranoid ideation and psychoticism
Shields, Nancy M. and Hanneke, Christine R.
"Comparing the Psychological Impact of Battering, Marital Rape and Stranger Rape,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol10/iss1/15