Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: The expectancy of threat and peritraumatic dissociation
Author: McDonald, P.
Bryant, R.
Silove, D.
Creamer, M.
O'Donnell, M.
McFarlane, A.
Citation: European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 2013; 4(SUPPL.):21426-1-21426-5
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2000-8066
Statement of
Pamela McDonald, Richard A. Bryant, Derrick Silove, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, Alexander C. McFarlane
Abstract: Background: Peritraumatic dissociation is one of the most critical acute responses to a traumatic experience, partly because it predicts subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder. Despite this, there is little understanding about the factors that influence peritraumatic dissociation. This study investigated the extent to which peritraumatic dissociation is predicted by the amount of perceived warning that participants had of the impact of the trauma. Method: Randomized eligible admissions to four major trauma hospitals (N=243) were assessed during hospital admission with the Peritraumatic Dissociation Experiences Questionnaire (PDEQ) and the perceived warning that participants had before the trauma impact occurred. Results: Whereas female gender predicted both Awareness and Derealization subscale scores on the PDEQ, perceived warning also predicted scores on the Derealization subscale. Conclusions: This finding suggests that the degree of anticipated threat may contribute to peritraumatic dissociation.
Keywords: Dissociation
Rights: © 2013 Pamela McDonald et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0Unported License (, permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.21426
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest
Psychiatry publications

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
hdl_82506.pdfPublished version94.8 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.