Factors related to posttraumatic stress disorder in adolescence.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adolescence published from 2000 to 2011 indicate that adolescents are at greater risk of experiencing trauma than either adults or children, and that the prevalence of PTSD among adolescents is 3-57%. Age, gender, type of trauma, and repeated trauma are discussed as factors related to the increased rates of adolescent PTSD. PTSD in adolescence is also associated with suicide, substance abuse, poor social support, academic problems, and poor physical health. PTSD may disrupt biological maturational processes and contribute to the long-term emotion and behavior regulation problems that are often evident in adolescents with the disorder. Recommendations are presented for practice and research regarding the promotion of targeted prevention and intervention services to maximize adolescents' strengths and minimize vulnerabilities. Public policy implications are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nooner, KB; Linares, LO; Batinjane, J; Kramer, RA; Silva, R; Cloitre, M

Published Date

  • July 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 166

PubMed ID

  • 22665437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8324

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1524838012447698


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States