5. Treatment of a Man with a Mild Learning Disability Who was Sexually Assaulted Whilst in Prison

F. M. Davison, I. C.H. Clare, S. Georgiades, J. Divall, A. J. Holland

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to describe the psychological effects on a man with a mild learning disability who was sexually assaulted whilst in prison, and the treatment which was carried out. J. suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as defined in DSM-III-R, combined with associated features of depression and anxiety. Treatment involved imaginal exposure to the assault, followed by systematic de-sensitization to the traumatic experience of imprisonment preceding the assault. Activities were also carried out to develop J.'s self-esteem, coping strategies and anxiety management. The successful outcome of treatment is discussed in relation to models of emotional processing. Some discrepancies between scores on self-evaluation questionnaires and behavioural observations raise issues concerning the best way of assessing treatment outcome for people with learning disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-353
Number of pages8
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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