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The linkages between gender and victimhood.

Authors
  • Heru, A M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal of social psychiatry
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Volume
47
Issue
3
Pages
10–20
Identifiers
PMID: 11589332
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Victimhood, it is argued, is a term that is preferentially applied to and adopted by women. Victimhood is not a psychiatric diagnosis although psychological factors, such as gender development and sociological factors influence the acquisition of the victim role. This article reviews the sociological and psychological contributions to the labeling of a person as "victim." Victimhood is relevant to psychiatry because psychiatric patients often describe themselves, or are described as victims. Victimhood is generally seen as a negative identification, but this article will argue that identification as a victim is the first step in identifying the need for services.

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