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Help seeking among victims of crime: a review of the empirical literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20336674     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors review the literature on help-seeking behavior among adult victims of crime. Specifically, they summarize prevalence rates for formal and informal help seeking and review predictors of and barriers to service use following victimization. Research suggests that only a small fraction of crime victims seek help from formal support networks; however, many seek support from informal sources. Several variables are associated with increased likelihood of formal help seeking, although the manner in which these variables affect reporting behavior is not clear. From this review, it is concluded that much remains to be learned regarding patterns of help seeking among victims of crime. Gaps in the literature and directions for future research are discussed.
Michael R McCart; Daniel W Smith; Genelle K Sawyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of traumatic stress     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1573-6598     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma Stress     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-26     Completed Date:  2010-07-26     Revised Date:  2013-12-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809259     Medline TA:  J Trauma Stress     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  198-206     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Crime Victims / psychology*
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Social Support*
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / prevention & control*
United States
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