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Study Report

Study Number: SJ-108-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1991

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Cost of mental health care for victims of crime in the United States, 1991.  [machine-readable data file] / Cohen, Mark A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6581

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 0

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Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: The main objective of this survey was to determine the number of crime victims receiving mental health counseling, by type of crime, and the annual cost of treatment for each type of crime victim. Multiplying these two figures would yield an estimate of the annual financial cost of mental health care for crime victims. For this survey, mental health professionals were sampled from eight professional organizations and were asked questions about their clients during 1991. Respondents were instructed to count only those clients whose primary reason for being treated was because they were previously crime victims, regardless of whether the criminal victimization was the presenting issue at the time the client was first treated. Interviews were structured to first elicit information about the number of victims served for each type of crime. Respondents were then asked for details about the type and length of treatment for the crime type most frequently encountered by the respondent. Similar information was obtained for each additional crime type mentioned by the respondent, in descending order of frequency. Variables include the number of adults, youths, and children served, the total number being seen due to victimization, the number of victims served for recent child sexual abuse, recent child physical abuse, rape, assault (including domestic violence), robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, drunk driving, witnessing the murder of a loved one, and adult victims of child sexual or physical abuse, the number in each victimization category who received individual counseling, the average number who received group counseling, and the average number of individual or group sessions for each victimization category. Additional variables provide the percent of victims who received counseling for more than one year, cost and amount paid for an individual or group session, percent of fee paid by a public or private victim assistance program, the respondent's professional association, counseling time and preparation time, and number of hours worked by various volunteer staff.

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