Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Harriet Hayes

Degree Award Date

Spring 2008


Exploratory Study, Outreach Services, Rape Victims, Reactive Attachment Disorder


Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Psychology


This conceptualized study will seek to discern possible differences in the desired services sought by rape victims who have been previously diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder as opposed to those who haven't, and if these victims receive needed services at a different rate. Rape victims and those individuals who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder are often misunderstood and severely stigmatized. An overview of attachment therapy as well as what rape victims currently face in regards to follow-up care will help us to understand the complexity and gravity of the situations at hand for these victims. This qualitative study will investigate how patterns of post-rape behavior and service delivery differ between rape victims with Reactive Attachment Disorder as opposed to those individuals who haven't been diagnosed with an attachment disorder. It is hoped that this information will help to enable crisis and victim services to serve as advocates and improve services to all rape victims in need.