Trauma Centrality and PTSD Symptom Severity in Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Trauma Centrality and PTSD Symptom Severity in Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Title: Trauma Centrality and PTSD Symptom Severity in Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author: Robinaugh, Donald John; McNally, Richard J.

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Citation: Robinaugh, Donald John, and Richard J. McNally. 2011. Trauma centrality and PTSD symptom severity in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Traumatic Stress 24(4): 483–486.
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Abstract: Theorists have posited that regarding a trauma as central to one's identity leads to greater posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity. To test this hypothesis, we administered the Centrality of Events Scale (CES) to women reporting a history of childhood sexual abuse (N = 102). The CES scores were correlated with PTSD symptom severity, depression severity, and self-esteem. In addition, we conducted a principal component analysis (PCA) to evaluate factors underlying the CES. The PCA yielded 3 factors reflecting (a) the centrality and integration of the trauma, (b) whether the event is regarded as a turning point in one's life story, and (c) whether the event is a reference point for expectations about the future. Each factor was associated with PTSD symptom severity.
Published Version: doi:10.1002/jts.20656
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21793046
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Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8916506

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