An Investigation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depressive Symptomatology among Female Victims of Interpersonal Trauma.


Journal Article

This study examined factors associated with PTSD-depression comorbidity among a sample of 162 adult female rape or assault victims with PTSD, as well as potential differential predictors of PTSD and depression severity. PTSD-only participants reported higher levels of childhood sexual abuse than those with comorbid PTSD and depression, and the PTSD/MDD group reported relatively more distorted trauma-related beliefs, dissociation, PTSD severity, and depression severity. Distorted trauma-related beliefs and dissociation were the strongest unique predictors of higher PTSD and depressive symptoms. Rates of PTSD and depression comorbidity did not appear to be a function of symptom overlap. Study findings suggest possible explanations for the high PTSD and depression comorbidity rates commonly found among victims of interpersonal violence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Taft, CT; Resick, PA; Watkins, LE; Panuzio, J

Published Date

  • August 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 407 - 415

PubMed ID

  • 21052546

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21052546

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-7482

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10896-009-9243-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States