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The Frequency and Impact of Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events Over the Life Course.

dc.contributor.author Ogle, Christin M
dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.contributor.author Berntsen, Dorthe
dc.contributor.author Siegler, Ilene C
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-12T14:28:53Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-01
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24660131
dc.identifier.issn 2167-7026
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9766
dc.description.abstract We examined the frequency and impact of exposure to potentially traumatic events among a nonclinical sample of older adults (n = 3,575), a population typically underrepresented in epidemiological research concerning the prevalence of traumatic events. Current PTSD symptom severity and the centrality of events to identity were assessed for events nominated as currently most distressing. Approximately 90% of participants experienced one or more potentially traumatic events. Events that occurred with greater frequency early in the life course were associated with more severe PTSD symptoms compared to events that occurred with greater frequency during later decades. Early life traumas, however, were not more central to identity. Results underscore the differential impact of traumatic events experienced throughout the life course. We conclude with suggestions for further research concerning mechanisms that promote the persistence of post-traumatic stress related to early life traumas and empirical evaluation of psychotherapeutic treatments for older adults with PTSD.
dc.language eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof Clin Psychol Sci
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1177/2167702613485076
dc.subject PTSD symptom severity
dc.subject event centrality
dc.subject lifetime trauma exposure
dc.subject older adulthood
dc.title The Frequency and Impact of Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events Over the Life Course.
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Rubin, David C|0096042
duke.contributor.id Siegler, Ilene C|0097025
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24660131
pubs.begin-page 426
pubs.end-page 434
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 1


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