Physiological predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder.


Journal Article

Studies have assessed relationships between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and physiological reactivity concurrently; fewer have assessed these relationships longitudinally. This study tests concurrent and prospective relationships between physiological reactivity (heart rate and skin conductance) to a monologue procedure and PTSD symptoms in female assault survivors, tested within 1 and 3 months posttrauma. After controlling for initial PTSD and peritraumatic dissociation, 3 measures of increased physiological reactivity to the trauma monologue at 1 month predicted 3-month PTSD reexperiencing severity. Additionally, increased heart rate following trauma and neutral monologues at 1 month was predictive of 3-month numbing symptoms. Implications for the prospective relationship between physiological reactivity to trauma cues and PTSD over time are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gutner, CA; Pineles, SL; Griffin, MG; Bauer, MR; Weierich, MR; Resick, PA

Published Date

  • December 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 775 - 784

PubMed ID

  • 21171139

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21171139

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jts.20582


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States