The Temporal Relations of PTSD Symptoms Among Treatment-Seeking Victims of Sexual Assault: A Longitudinal Study

P Hyland, Shevlin Mark, M Hansen, F Vallieres, Jamie Murphy, Ask Elklit

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Abstract

This prospective study assessed the temporal relationships between the symptom clusters of PTSD in two nonprobability samples of treatment-seeking victims of sexual abuse: rape victims and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Both groups were assessed at three time periods using self-report measures of PTSD symptomology. Findings from two cross-lagged panel analyses indicated weak temporal relationships between the symptom clusters of PTSD; however, avoidance and emotional numbing symptoms were found to exert the strongest cross-lagged effects. Avoidance and emotional numbing symptoms were also found to be the strongest predictor of subsequently meeting caseness for PTSD in both samples. Results suggest that there are minimal cross-lagged effects between the PTSD symptom clusters after three months from traumatic exposure.
LanguageEnglish
Pages492-506
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume21
Issue number6
Early online date30 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2016

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
assault
sexual violence
Longitudinal Studies
longitudinal study
rape
Sex Offenses
childhood
Therapeutics
Rape
Group
Self Report
Survivors
Prospective Studies
time

Keywords

  • Arousal
  • avoidance
  • cross-lagged analysis
  • posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • re-experiencing/intrusions
  • sexual assault
  • temporal ordering

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In: Journal of Loss and Trauma, Vol. 21, No. 6, 30.03.2016, p. 492-506.

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