Avoidance Symptoms and Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Arab Immigrant Women
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Trauma Stress
PTSD; REFUGEES; TRAUMA; ADULTS; Psychology, Clinical; Psychiatry
This study investigates whether the avoidance symptom criterion required for a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordes, Fourth Edition (DSMp-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994) diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is overly conservative. Arab immigrant women (N = 453), many of whom reported experiencing multiple traumatic events, compledted the posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale in Arabic as part of a face to face interview. Analyses indicated all but one avoidance symptom was reported less frequently than reexperienceing and arousal symptoms. However, those who fully met reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal symptom criteria had worse symptom severity and functioning than those who fully met reexperiencing and arousal sympton criteria, but only partialy met avoidance symptom criterion. Study findings support importance of the PTSD avoidance symptom criterion.
Journal of Traumatic Stress
"Avoidance Symptoms and Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Arab Immigrant Women" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 778.