The Latent Structure of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Adolescents

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joshua Broman-Fulks Ph.D. (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Debate has arisen over whether posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most accurately conceptualized as representing a discrete clinical syndrome or an extreme reaction to traumatic life events. Recent taxometric research using predominately adult samples appears to support a dimensional model of PTSD, raising questions about the utility of current psychiatric nosology which depicts PTSD as a distinct entity. The present study sought to use taxometric procedures to examine the latent structure of posttraumatic stress reactions among a national epidemiologic sample of 2,885 adolescents. Results were consistent with previous taxometric studies in supporting a dimensional model of posttraumatic stress reactions. The implications of these findings for public policy, as well as the etiology and assessment of posttraumatic stress reactions, are discussed.

Additional Information

Publication
Broman-Fulks, J. J., Ruggiero, K. J., Green, B. A., Smith, D.W., Hanson, R. F., Kilpatrick, D. G., Resnick, H. S., & Saunders, B. E. (2009). The latent structure of PTSD among adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(2): 146-152. (April 2009) Published by Wiley (ISSN: 1573-6598). The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Language: English
Date: 2009