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Assessing the Victimized Psychiatric Patient
Joseph Westermeyer; Karen Wahmenholm
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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The authors thank Chanbo Keo, Thitiya Phaobtong, and Michelle Westermeyer. This work was supported in part by the Refugee Assistance Program, Technical Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, and by NIMH grant CH-85-0024.

International Clinic program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Box 393 Mayo, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Psycbiatric patients who have experienced violence or victimization usually do not report these traumatic events to clinicians spontaneously, although they may be relevant to the patients' current problems. Therefore, inquiry about such experiences should be part of the clinical assessment of patients who are refugees, crime victims, or military veterans or patients whose histories suggest traumatic events. The authors present a series of questions designed to facilitate discussion of traumatic events and to elicit clinical information that is relevant from both somatic and psychosocial perspectives.

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