Journal article

Neural Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Trauma Exposure, and Postmigration Stress in Response to Fear Faces in Resettled Refugees

Belinda J Liddell, Jessica Cheung, Tim Outhred, Pritha Das, Gin S Malhi, Kim L Felmingham, Angela Nickerson, Miriam Den, Mirjana Askovic, Mariano Coello, Jorge Aroche, Richard A Bryant

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Refugees are exposed to multiple traumatic events and postmigration stressors, elevating risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but there is limited research into how these factors affect emotional neural systems. Here, resettled refugees in Australia (N = 85) completed a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan while viewing fear and neutral faces. We examined the influence of PTSD symptoms, cumulative trauma, and recent postmigration stress on neural reactivity and regional coupling within the refugee sample. Cumulative trauma and postmigration stress but not PTSD symptoms correlated with fear-related brain activity and connectivity. Trauma exposure correlated with stronger activ..

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