Screening for trauma history on an inpatient affective-disorders unit: a pilot study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Psychiatric inpatients (N = 343) admitted to an affective-disorders unit were administered a self-rating Trauma Questionnaire (TQ) to evaluate life history of traumatic experiences. Eighty four percent of the sample identified at least one traumatic-event category (M = 2.27 categories/patient). Symptoms consistent with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were highly prevalent. However, only six patients received a chart diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder. Female patients evidenced more PTSD symptoms than males, in contrast to an equal number of event categories identified by the two sexes. Age correlated negatively with number of symptoms endorsed. Implications for trauma screening in affective-disorder patients are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Escalona, R; Tupler, LA; Saur, CD; Krishnan, KR; Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • April 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 299 - 305

PubMed ID

  • 9136094

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1024886314370


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States