The relationship between symptoms associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and attachment was assessed. All students (n=109) at a residential school were screened for a history of physical or sexual abuse. Thirty-seven subjects who reported such a history, ranging in age from 11 to 19, were assessed using the Children’s Post-Traumatic Stress Reaction Index (CPTSD-RI), Bell Object Relations and Reality Testing Inventory (BORRTI), Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA), Revised Children’s Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS), and Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI). Results indicate that attachment difficulties were common in this sample and that current diagnostic criteria for PTSD did not capture all symptoms of attachment disturbance. Several subscales of attachment were significantly correlated to depression within this group. These results suggest the need for expanding current diagnostic tools for this population to include assessment for relational difficulties. Treatment that targets these symptoms is indicated.
Beverly J. Buckles
Master of Social Work (MSW)
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Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic -- in adolescence; Child Abuse, Sexual
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Woods, Lauren, "Attachment and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity in Physically and Sexually Abused Adolescents" (1995). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1906.
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