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The stressor criterion for posttraumatic stress disorder: does it matter?


Roberts, A L; Dohrenwend, B P; Aiello, A E; Wright, R J; Maercker, Andreas; Galea, S; Koenen, K C (2012). The stressor criterion for posttraumatic stress disorder: does it matter? The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 73(2):e264-70.

Abstract

Results indicate the stressor criterion as defined by the DSM may not be informative in characterizing PTSD symptoms and sequelae. In the context of ongoing DSM-5 revision, these results suggest that criterion A1 could be expanded in DSM-5 without much consequence for our understanding of PTSD phenomenology. Events not considered qualifying stressors under the DSM produced PTSD as consequential as PTSD following DSM-III events, suggesting PTSD may be an aberrantly severe but nonspecific stress response syndrome.

Abstract

Results indicate the stressor criterion as defined by the DSM may not be informative in characterizing PTSD symptoms and sequelae. In the context of ongoing DSM-5 revision, these results suggest that criterion A1 could be expanded in DSM-5 without much consequence for our understanding of PTSD phenomenology. Events not considered qualifying stressors under the DSM produced PTSD as consequential as PTSD following DSM-III events, suggesting PTSD may be an aberrantly severe but nonspecific stress response syndrome.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:23 Mar 2012 13:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:45
Publisher:Physicians Postgraduate Press
ISSN:1555-2101
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.11m07054
PubMed ID:22401487

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