A Study of Posttraumatic Stress in a Student Population

Purves, D. and Erwin, P. (2002) A Study of Posttraumatic Stress in a Student Population. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 163 (1). pp. 89-96. ISSN 1940-0896

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The authors examined the incidence of posttraumatic stress (PTS), with respect to levels of exposure to traumatic events, in a British student population. Respondents (N = 700) completed a standard questionnaire booklet that contained a posttraumatic stress disorder interview. The questionnaire collected personal demographic information and was used by researchers to ascertain whether respondents had experienced a traumatic event. Consistent with previous American studies, PTS was found to be relatively common; 23.3% of the sample showed either current or past PTS. Female participants had a significantly higher incidence of PTS than did male participants, although the latter were more likely to report having experienced a traumatic event. The experience of trauma was significantly associated with the likelihood of PTS. The authors discuss implications of their results in terms of long-term consequences of unresolved trauma.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 12:01
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/974

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