Journal article

An Investigation of PTSD's Core Dimensions and Relations With Anxiety and Depression

Brianna M Byllesby, Tory A Durham, David Forbes, Cherie Armour, Jon D Elhai

Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy | EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING FOUNDATION-AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is highly comorbid with anxiety and depressive disorders, which is suggestive of shared variance or common underlying dimensions. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between the latent factors of PTSD with the constructs of anxiety and depression in order to increase understanding of the co-occurrence of these disorders. METHOD: Data were collected from a nonclinical sample of 186 trauma-exposed participants using the PTSD Checklist and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to determine model fit comparing 3 PTSD factor structure models, followed by Wald tests comparing t..

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