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Journal Title:

Child Abuse and Neglect


Volume 58


Elsevier | 2016-08-01, Pages 111-118

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Abstract: Trauma, especially early life trauma, is a risk factor for the development of both posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis. The goal of the present study was to determine specific associations between exposure to childhood abuse, PTSD symptoms, and current psychotic disorder. Subjects were recruited from a public, urban hospital N = 328, >90% African American. Psychotic disorders were measured using the MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview, PTSD was measured using the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale, child abuse was measured with the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, and lifetime trauma exposure was measured with the Traumatic Events Inventory. Logistic regression analyses showed that both child abuse and current PTSD were statistically significant predictors of psychotic disorder beyond the effects of lifetime trauma load. When PTSD symptom clusters were examined, avoidance and numbing symptoms showed unique association with psychotic disorder independent of demographic variables and trauma exposure. Using bootstrapping techniques, we found a full indirect effect of PTSD on the association between child abuse and, suggesting a particularly important role of PTSD symptoms in relation to psychotic disorder in the presence of early life trauma. Because this is a cross-sectional study, continued research is needed to determine causality of such models. Identifying co-occurring psychosis and PTSD, particularly in populations with high levels of trauma exposure, is critical and will likely aid in more successful treatment interventions.

Subjects: Psychology, Clinical - Health Sciences, Mental Health - Research Funding: This work was primarily supported by the National Institute of Mental Health MH071537 for Ressler; MH102890 for Powers and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development HD071982 for Bradley.

Support also included Emory and Grady Memorial Hospital General Clinical Research Center, NIH National Centers for Research Resources M01 RR00039.

Keywords: Social Sciences - Family Studies - Psychology, Social - Social Work - Psychology - Posttraumatic stress disorder - Trauma - Child abuse - Psychosis - Psychotic disorder - POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER - COMORBIDITY SURVEY REPLICATION - PHYSICAL ABUSE - SCHIZOPHRENIA - RISK - EXPERIENCES - SYMPTOMS - PREVALENCE - COHORT - EPIDEMIOLOGY -

Author: Abigail Powers, Negar Fani, Dorthie Cross, Kerry Ressler, Bekh Bradley-Davino,



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