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Type: Journal article
Title: The aetiology of postpsychotic posttraumatic stress disorder following a psychotic episode
Author: Shaw, K.
McFarlane, A.
Bookless, C.
Air, T.
Citation: Journal of Traumatic Stress, 2002; 15(1):39-47
Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0894-9867
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Katharine Shaw, Alexander C. McFarlane, Clara Bookless and Tracy Air
Abstract: This paper examines the aetiology of postpsychotic posttraumatic stress disorder (PP/PTSD) symptoms in a sample of participants who had been hospitalized following a psychotic episode. Forty two people hospitalized for a psychotic illness were interviewed during recovery to investigate whether a psychotic episode was associated with PTSD symptomatology. All participants found psychosis and hospitalization highly distressing. PP/PTSD symptoms were not associated with demographic factors, previous trauma, treatment, or insight. The PP/PTSD group reported more distress and intrusive memories associated with illness and treatment experiences and had higher scores for anxiety and dissociative symptoms. The development of PP/PTSD phenomenology was associated with the psychological distress of the experience.
Keywords: psychosis
posttraumatic stress disorder
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DOI: 10.1023/A:1014331211311
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