Reliability of reports of violent victimization and posttraumatic stress disorder among men and women with serious mental illness.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although violent victimization is highly prevalent among men and women with serious mental illness (SMI; e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder), future research in this area may be impeded by controversy concerning the ability of individuals with SMI to report traumatic events reliably. This article presents the results of a study exploring the temporal consistency of reports of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual abuse, and adult physical abuse, as well as current symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 50 people with SMI. Results show that trauma history and PTSD assessments can, for the most part, yield reliable information essential to further research in this area. The study also demonstrates the importance of using a variety of statistical methods to assess the reliability of self-reports of trauma history.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodman, LA; Thompson, KM; Weinfurt, K; Corl, S; Acker, P; Mueser, KT; Rosenberg, SD

Published Date

  • October 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 587 - 599

PubMed ID

  • 10646178

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1024708916143


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States