Journal article

Pretrauma and posttrauma neurocognitive functioning and PTSD symptoms in a community sample of young adults

Ruth A Parslow, Anthony F Jorm

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | AMER PSYCHIATRIC PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The authors sought to assess whether neurocognitive deficits in people with the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms of reexperiencing and arousal are a consequence of these symptoms or represent a preexisting vulnerability factor for developing these symptoms after exposure to a traumatic event. METHOD: A random sample of 2,097 young adults who participated in a longitudinal epidemiological study in 1999 and 2000 were reinterviewed in 2003 and 2004 after a major natural disaster (a widespread fire) had occurred in the region. At both interviews, participants completed a number of neurocognitive tests covering immediate and delayed word recall, digit span, coding speed, a..

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