The Latent Structure of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Adolescents

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Joshua Broman-Fulks Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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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.

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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
Language: English
Date: 2009

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