00143 Traumatic rape syndrome: compound reaction

00143 Traumatic rape syndrome compound reaction

Definition of the NANDA label

Maladaptive and persistent response to forced, violent sexual penetration, against their will and without their consent. The traumatic syndrome that develops from this attack or attempted attack includes an acute phase of disorganization of the victim’s lifestyle and a long-term process of lifestyle reorganization.

Defining characteristics

• Changes in lifestyle (eg change of residence, repetitive nightmares and phobias, seeking support from the social network in the long-term phase).
• Emotional reactions (eg, anger, shame, fear of physical violence and death, humiliation, revenge, self-blame in the acute phase).
• Multiple physical symptoms (eg, gastrointestinal irritability, genitourinary discomfort, muscle tension, sleep pattern disorder in the acute phase).
• Reactivation of symptoms from previous situations (eg, physical illness, psychiatric illness in the acute phase).
• Use of alcohol or illegal drugs (in the acute phase).


• Self-control of anxiety.
• Recovery from abuse: emotional.
• Recovery from abuse: sexual.
• Overcoming problems.
• Control of depression.
• Self esteem.
• Impulse control.
• Protection from abuse.
• Repression of self-mutilation.


• Advice.
• Increased coping.
• Treatment of the trauma of rape.
• Intervention in case of crisis.
• Boost self-esteem.
• Active listening.
• Facilitate communication.
• Help to control anger.
• Training to control impulses.
• Support in the protection against abuse.
• Environmental management: prevention of violence.
• Behavior management: self-injury.
• Suicide prevention.